Many of you know the story of our first church building, the “redwood chapel,” built in 1911. (pictured below) The First Congregational Church of San Diego had resolved that there should be a church in the new Mission Hills subdivision. With the support of the Southern California Congregational Conference, they commissioned an architect, Emmor Brooke Weaver, who provided plans for a small board and batten Arts and Crafts building. With the labor of the men of First Church, the building was completed in one week. Weaver was associated with the William Hebbard and Irving Gill architectural firm, a very well-know firm in Southern California. Weaver designed approximately 50 buildings in the San Diego area, including Ramona Castle, now known as Mt. Woodson Castle. As you can see in the photos below, his buildings ranged from the simplest arts and crafts design to a flamboyant castle.