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St. Brendan Catholic Church is a Catholic church in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, located in the Hancock Park section of Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker. The current Gothic Revival-style church was built in 1927 and has also served as a location for various Hollywoodmarker productions.

Early history

St. Brendan's was formed as a new parish in 1914 under the leadership of Father William Ford. The parish was initially dubbed the "baby" parish, and in 1915 Father Ford told the Los Angeles Times: "The growth of the 'baby' parish of the diocese has been remarkable. New families are moving in every day. The whole community is alive and developing rapidly. The congregation is enthusiastic and hopeful of great things in the future."

New church built in 1927

Time capsule in church courtyard with seal of St. Brendan
The parish opened a parochial grammar school in 1915 on Western Avenue, which still operates at that location. In 1927, the parish built the large brownstone Gothic church that has been used by the parish for more than 80 years. At the time of the new church's dedication in January 1928, the Los Angeles Times noted that the "beautiful" new church had cost $400,000, and reported: "The new building is in the old English Gothic style and is considered one of the handsomest structures of its kind in California." Designed by architect Emmett Martin, the church has been called "one of the archdiocese's architectural gems."


In 1957, Archbishop Timothy Manning honored St. Brendan's by consecrating it in a three-hour service. Consecration raises a church to the highest order, which may never be transferred for common or profane use. St. Brendan's was one of only six churches in Los Angeles to reach that level. As part of the consecration ceremony, a relic of the 6th century St. Brendan was taken in a procession through the church and then sealed into the altar.

Location in Hollywood films

Located near the Hollywood studios, St. Brendan's gothic structure has proved a popular setting, appearing in the following productions:

See also


Spiderman 3 Filming locations

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