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Janet
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I am interested in learning a bit about a building on Sutherland north of Sunset. Where the street dead ends, there is a building with an ornate golden roof,  topped with several crosses.  At first glance, it appears to be a house of worship,  but I don't see adequate parking for a congregation.  Is it a residence?  There must be an interesting story behind it.

Thank you, Janet
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The building is a church, St. Andrew's, that is part of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The church was dedicated in December 1957 by Ukrainian immigrants, many of whom had been refugees who fled their country during World War II, according to a Los Angeles Times articles in the same year. The stories said the refugees had been persecuted by the Nazis and Russian Communists. The congregation of 85 families had been worshipping in a rented hall in another section of  Echo Park before they bought an "outdated" mansion  on Sutherland  Street. They raised $20,000 to renovate and remodel the home into a  church, doing much of the work themselves. The current structure you  see with elaborate domes was actually built in the late 1980s.

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