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St. James' Episcopal Church
34°06′42″N 118°09′13″W / 34.1116991°N 118.153701°W / 34.1116991; -118.153701Coordinates: 34°06′42″N 118°09′13″W / 34.1116991°N 118.153701°W / 34.1116991; -118.153701
Location 1325 Monterey Road,
South Pasadena, California
Country United States
Denomination Episcopal
Churchmanship Progressive
Status Church
Dedicated May 19, 1907 (1907-05-19)
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Bertram Goodhue of Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson
Years built 1907
Diocese Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
Province Province VIII
Rector The Rev. Canon Anne Tumilty

St. James' Episcopal Church is a parish of the Episcopal Church in South Pasadena, California, and part of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

The church's mission is "To Learn, to Love, to Live the Word of God."


The church began informally in 1890 as St. Andrews Mission, with support from All Saints Episcopal Church in nearby Pasadena. In 1905, a temporary structure was built on the corner of Monterey Road and Fremont Avenue, where the current church would be later built.


The historic church was designed by chief architect Bertram Goodhue of Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson in a mix of Gothic Revival and Romanesque Revival architectural styles. The church is #33 on South Pasadena's list of historic landmarks. The stained glass windows were made by Judson Studios.

In 1919, a $3,000 (equivalent to $37,000 in 2018) addition was started, which included a stage and dressing rooms. The chimes were donated to the building by aviator Pancho Barnes, who, on January 5, 1921, had married Rev. C. Rankin Barnes at the church.

The tower was damaged in the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake. When the tower was repaired and retrofitted to meet earthquake protection standards, the chapel's pillars were narrowed, which had been obstructing views of the front of the church from rear pews.


In 1968, the parish opened St. James' Episcopal School, then only an elementary school. The school relocated to St. Andrews Place in Los Angeles in 1981. The St. James' Parish Day School provides nursery, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten schooling on the grounds of the main church.

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