Irvine Community Church
This little church sits near the former El Toro Air Force Base, on Sand Canyon Avenue at the 5 Freeway. If it weren’t for the long flyover ramp snaking above it you might think this mission style church would be standing solitary in middle of the country, or along perched up on a cliff overlooking the coast.
According to AmericanTowns.com it was constructed in 1932, the original building housing a Sunday School before additional construction which made it a full church.
Rarely does the Orange County landscape make me pull over for appreciation, but in this case it’s neat reminder of how this area looked in the first half of the 20th century, with cities separated 10 to 20 miles apart and fields of orange trees as far as the eye can see. And certainly looks more inviting than its megamall style counterparts…
It’s at 14804 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine.