Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Public More Concerned About College Demolitions Than The WCG Ever Was

It is pretty sad that the public cares more about our buildings and grounds than the Old WCG ever did.  It was quit obvious that the church was eager to get away from the property and divorce it's self from it.  When the sale process was going on many WCG members wondered why the church did not hold the title to the land but lease it out.  It would have had a perpetual income coming in from property leases.  It was sold for pennies on the dollar and here we are today.

Ambassador College's Modern Honeycomb Has Been Destroyed

And another underrated but beautiful mid-century building bites the dust: we've heard from a few places (including these photos) that the honeycombed Fine Arts Building at Pasadena's Ambassador College has been demolished. The Ambassador was run by the Worldwide Church of God from 1947 through 1990; the Fine Arts Building was designed by Peter J. Holdstock and built in 1966 (it matches the adjacent Science Hall). (The campus was used pretty mouthwateringly in Tom Ford's mid-century porn film A Single Man). In the mid-aughts, there were big plans to redevelop the whole campus, but they all sort of petered out in the recession; in 2010, OC developer City Ventures picked up part of the project and revived plans to build condos and senior housing. Sarah Gilbert of the LA Conservancy's Modern Committee tells us via email that the project includes demolition of three buildings--the Fine Arts, Science, and the Hall of Administration (also by Holdstock). ModCom asked Pasadena to reconsider the demolitions when it extended approvals in January 2012, but no dice. Goodbye Fine Arts, we'll miss you.
· Pasadena's Ambassador West Project is Back On [Curbed LA]


Byker Bob said...

The reason why the public was so enamored of the campus is that they saw it in much the same light as perhaps the Huntington Museum and its surrounding grounds, or some other well manicured architectural marvels. We, of course, know of all the ugliness of what was taught there, and the abuse people suffered.

My personal favorite parts of the campus were Manor Del Mar, Ambassador Hall, and the Student Center. True, I did hang out a lot in the weight training room at the handball courts, but basically you can lift weights anywhere. Right now, that's what I'm doing in a spare room in my home as I type this.


DennisCDiehl said...

I suppose I will go to my grave wondering why the Tkaches, to this day, are not held accountable for how much they sold it all for, where did it go and how much of it is used to keep Joe's deceptive and conman self comfortable and secure...

Those two men caused more havoc and pain in the lives of sincere folk than Al Capone and John Gotti

Ask me how I feel. Joe Tkach did not build it and I doubt he contributed much to it, but he did take it however one does that and gets away with it.

I used to be very supportive of Joe Jr. His dad I did not know well but he seemed more like a Chicago thug from the 40's. How on God's green earth he was mistaken for a theologian and religious leader is beyond me.

I undestand Joe Jr. likes Rolexes...

Joe Moeller said...

Looks like "Bee Hive Honeycombs" have been having it pretty tough EVERYWHERE...

"Some beekeepers have unusually high losses of 30-90 percent of their hives. As many as 50 percent of all affected colonies demonstrated symptoms inconsistent with any known causes of honeybee death: sudden loss of a colony’s worker bee population with very few dead bees found near the colony. The queen and brood (young) remained, and the colonies had relatively abundant honey and pollen reserves. But hives cannot sustain themselves without worker bees and would eventually die. This combination of events resulting in the loss of a bee colony has been called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)."

So the buildings represent something of the greater WCG, which rightfully can be called...
"Colony Collapse Disorder"

Joe Moeller
Cody, WY

Joe Moeller said...


I have a home gym too. I have the deluxe "Bowflex" and highly recommend this machine for its diversity and space. This along with a good elliptical running machine makes for a good home combo.

Your Friend,
Joe Moeller
Cody, WY

Byker Bob said...

Hey, Joe.

I've got an old school Soloflex,which is great,but every couple years the bands break and need replacing. Got a bench press rack, and an Ab Isolator and some free weights.

Have heard great things about the Bowflex, but for some reason, always think of Ted Nugent when I hear that brand name, because he is a past president of the American Bowhunters Association, and for years used to shoot a targeted guitar onstage during his concerts. Also, his opus "Great White Buffalo" is some excellent music to get one going during a work out!


Anonymous said...

On the Christian Broadcasting Network, Pat Robertson said he can leg press 2000 pounds, (which would be a world record).

It's a darn shame that Satan-influenced people cannot accept personal Christian testimony, and have not believed him.

What's next? Satan-influenced people not believing the personal Christian testimony of Mormons who testify that their magic underwear saved their lives in disaster situations?