the building isn’t completely original. Walter Knott was unable to move the building whole, so the significant features such as the steeple, pews and stained glass windows imported from Belgium were brought over. Anything that was replaced replicated the first church as closely as possible.“It was one of the first real churches in town, which is always important to the founding of communities,” Orange County Assistant Archivist Chris Jepsen said of the sanctuary built in 1876 for the First Baptist Church of Downey. “Then you bring it to Knott’s and it takes on this whole different set of meanings.”Church of Reflections Preservation Foundation board
Since it was built in Downey in 1876, the Church of Reflections has been moved three times. Later this year, once church supporters have raised the estimated $300,000 it could cost to move the building, it will be lifted, placed on wheels and rolled about a mile southwest to Buena Park’s Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
7082 Crescent Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620
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