THE FBN PRODUCTION CENTER - 2023
In the year 2019 Faith Center, under the leadership of Pastor Melissa Scott, sold the FBN production center building located at 730 E. Broadway in Glendale, California. The building will now house a health facility owned by All for Health, Health for All, Inc. The facility is being totally refurbished on the inside. Some photos were recently taken of the work going on which have been posted below. The location of where the camera was located for each picture is shown on the drawing to the side of the photo and marked by a red arrow. We have also included some photos taken of the inside before the sale of the building to give a frame of reference as to the area photographed in mid 2023. The photos taken prior to the sale were snapped circa 2016.
The photo above is the front of the building that faces Broadway. Not much has changed from the original refurbishment by Faith Center of the former Glendale Hardware building in 1974 with the exception of the added banner style sign showing that the facility will now be All for Health, Health for All. Future front window dressing and signage will probably be implemented.
A view looking north inside the building. As you can see all non load bearing interior walls have been removed. This view shows the former space utilized by the three studios and the entry lobby area. The bright area in the distance is the main entrance seen in the first photo on this page. It appears the old concrete floor was removed and a new floor was poured. That is not unexpected as the old floor was in poor condition. Note the steel rebar extending from the slab probably to support a block wall. A number of steel posts are visible. These may ultimately be used to support a second floor or mezzanine level. As to the two holes in the foreground, it is unknown as to what they intend to do with those. The white brick wall to the left was part of the original building and is load bearing.
Above is a view of the loading dock area on the west side of the building. Notice the dirt on the floor just inside the door. It appears excavation has occurred to modify the loading dock entrance to the facility.
Here is a view from the inside of the building looking towards the door going into the alley. It is evident that the loading dock has been removed. You can see the slope going up to the floor on the left. The red brick wall on the left shows where there used to be a mezzanine level that was previously used for storage. This loading dock area was the carpenter shop in the late 1970’s for constructing sets and managed by Don Johnson.
Views to the left and right of the loading dock door. The view on the left clearly shows the area where the mezzanine level was previously located. The floor of the mezzanine would have been where the brick wall turns from red to white. Between the area provided on the mezzanine and the main floor a lot of storage space was available for sets and props used for productions. The photo on the right shows the main electrical panels on the wall in back of the truck. An air compressor was also located in this area to support the videotape recorders and compressed air for shop tools. On the other side of the brick wall was Studio A, the largest of the three studios.
Both photos above were taken before the building was sold and renovations started. The photo on the left was taken from the back of the loading dock area. You can see the loading dock door in the distance. You can also see the loading dock area which occupies about half the width of the loading dock door on the left side. The ramp going down to street level is on the right side of the door. The mezzanine level is present on the left side of the photo. You can see items stored on the mezzanine as well as the area underneath it.
The photo on the right was taken standing near the loading dock door. In the foreground you can see the ramp going from the main floor down to street level. A dumpster is parked at the dock area that steps up to the main floor from street level. The mezzanine is shown on the right of the photo. The door below the Jesus sign leads to the main hallway of the building to access the studios and technical equipment areas.
The above photo on the left is a view standing inside the main building looking towards the loading dock area. The amount of excavation is is seen. Note the amount of concrete that has been removed in the foreground and being replaced. It appears that the slab immediately in the foreground may have already been replaced. Compare this to the photo on the right that was taken after Faith Center acquired the building from Glendale Hardware and renovations started. This photo would have been taken circa 1974. The mezzanine area in the loading dock area is seen through the large opened sliding door. You will also see another mezzanine area on the left side in this photo. A second floor would ultimately be constructed that would join up to the mezzanine. The second floor contained the art department, control rooms and the equipment technical center. The lower floor contained restrooms, tape storage and videotape/telecine facilities.
Above is view looking south that housed the videotape machines and tape storage on the lower floor. Control rooms would be on the second floor. The white portion of the brick wall shows where the second story addition was located. The steel posts in the foreground are part of the current refurbishment and assumed will also support a second floor. The concrete floor appears to be new. The sunlight on the floor in the distance is where the back door is located.
Above is an earlier photo taken of the rear entrance to the building. This will most likely be refurbished with a more modern look.
The FBN studios served their purpose for a time in the production of Christian programming. The photos presented here represent a moving forward in time and bring closure to this particular part of the Faith Broadcasting Network. We are thankful that this refurbished facility will provide a useful service to the local community.
© 2023 Joe Snelson