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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Haven of Rest Ministry, "The Good Ship Grace" c.1941

From the heights of success to the depths of despair, radio personality Paul Meyers hit bottom. In his desperaton, he asked Jesus Christ for help and at that moment was the beginning of the Haven of Rest Ministries. With his experience, he created a radio program with a quartet, speaker, pipe organ, vibra harp and some poetry. The Haven of Rest Ministry started at Radio Station KFI in Los Angeles, but with growing popularity, moved into its own quarters in Silver Lake, a ship-like studio complete with portholes, decks and an American flag, very much in keeping with the California Streamline/Modernist structures that were the rage of the day. These nautical symbols were a practical reminder of the mission of the ministry, that 'Jesus offers a safe haven!'

Today, the Haven is gone (to Riverside, CA), but the 'Good Ship Grace' remains, its structure completely intact, the grass neatly trimmed as in its heydey, a nostalgic reminder of a simpler time. Declared a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument (#897) in 2007.

'The Good Ship Grace' is located at 2432 Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake.

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