Truly Divine


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Photographer: Peter Woodall

Peter Woodall is the co-editor of Hidden City Daily. He is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, and a former newspaper reporter with the Biloxi Sun Herald and the Sacramento Bee. He worked as a producer for Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane and wrote a column about neighborhood bars for


  1. i always loved this place

  2. Amazing. I’ve always been so curious. Such a landmark for that neighborhood. I lived on Fairmount and went to Temple. I passed this building every day and always wondered what could be found inside. More, more, more!

  3. Thanks for the fascinating look inside this landmark building!

  4. So sad this building is gutted now and looks nothing like these pictures.

  5. Oh, memories of lugging 30 pound batteries for strobes up to the chapel.

    This place was truly magical.

  6. I agree, it is sad to know that this building doesn’t look like this any more.

    The inside was gorgeous pre-gutting, even in its abandoned state. It is sad that the owners have allowed so much damage to be done to it.

    If they weren’t going to develop it, couldn’t they have at least protected it a *tiny* bit?


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