Perspectives on Fresno's Spiritual and Secular Architectural History

Tower TheaterSatisfy your curiosity about the founding and history of early Fresno's diverse churches and theaters. Have you ever wondered about the determination of a people to create a monument such as St. John's Cathedral in the late 1880s? This course will introduce you to the history and origins of a selection of downtown Fresno's iconic churches and theaters: Warnor's, Tower, and Crest theaters, and churches such as St. Genevieve's Catholic Church or the Buddhist Temple. Each structure is unique and historically significant. Join us as we recap early Fresno's spiritual and secular architectural history and share your reminiscences. The class will consist of a one-hour lecture followed by 30 minutes of Q&A and personal reflections, including visual aids (Powerpoint, original paintings and prints). 

Dates: Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2018 

Time:  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location:  Fresno State Downtown Center, Room 1, Bitwise South Stadium, 700 Van Ness at Mono

Fee:  $100. Class No. 37485. Pay online at the red Register button below, or download registration form (PDF) here

Registration recommended by March 29, 2018. 

Instructor: Janice Stevens and Pat Hunter are the author and illustrator, respectively, of ten California history books and write the popular Pastimes column in Central Valley Magazine. They are co-owners of Gallery II-Pat Hunter Studio Fresno (

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