Buerge Chapel At Aldersgate Retreat Center

925 Haverford Ave
Pacific Palisades CA 90272
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 12am-12am
  • Tue: 12am-12am
  • Wed: 12am-12am
  • Thu: 12am-12am
  • Fri: 12am-12am
  • Sat: 12am-12am
  • Sun: 12am-12am

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and our History Aldersgate Retreat & Cultural Center is owned and operated by the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church. Just one of the seven facilites offered by the Camp and Outdoor Retreat Ministries ( see more on the Cal Pac Camps website ). Aldersgate serves over 3000 guest each year for retreats, meetings and other events. The retreat house was built in 1892 as a private home in downtown Los Angeles on Harvard Blvd. in the Wilshire District. It features a Mission Revival-style exterior and a Craftsman-style interior, a popular combination at that time that emphasized clean lines and functionality. In 1927, the building was purchased by two groups formed from the Sunday school classes at the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles. The men's group called themselves 'We Boys' and the women 'J.O.C', Jesus Our Companion. These groups met for banquets, debates, retreats, and sought a permanent location for their gatherings. Two members discovered the house during an estate sale. The groups purchased the house in 1927 for $3000.00. In 1928, the house was cut in half and moved by trucks and mule team to its present location in Pacific Palisades. Once settled in its new location, the house was named the 'We Boys J.O.C Lodge' and displayed a large sign on the roof.