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For many decades, Bethlehem Baptist Church in South L.A. has been plagued with endless electrical problems, leaky roofs, and graffiti.

To save the abandoned building, Pastor Melvin Ashley and his church, Faith Build International, decided to step in. The goal was to revitalize and bring back to life what was once architect Rudolph Schindler's only ecclesiastical structure designed in the early 1940s.

Schindler spent much of his career designing single family houses and apartment buildings in Los Angeles. He was big on making the most of small spaces and providing as much indoor lighting as possible to create the illusion of a larger space.

Reporter Jennifer Sabih interviews Pastor Melvin Ashley for more on the congregation as well as the efforts of community members, church-goers, and volunteers to rebuild what was once lost in South L.A.

Photo Credit: Bruce Jia-Chi Chan/Artbound

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