Historic Former St. Charles Borromeo Church for Sale

The building, which currently houses Scavenger's Paradise, was built in 1938.

The former church that used to be home to the St. Charles Borromeo congregation until 1959 has been put up for sale.

The Web site CurbedLA brought the sale to our attention, via one of North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch's most loyal readers and valuable tipsters, James. The building was built in 1938 and currently houses . According to the church's Web site, the congregation outgrew the 600-seat church and moved to their in 1959.

Patch reached the building's owner, Michael Gold, by phone to find out the history of the place.

Gold said he has owned the church since 1977 and it used to be home to his garment business, New Hero, which specialized in Native American clothing. He bought the building that currently houses , which is next door to the church, in 1974.

"My partner and I wanted to get into the garment business, but we didn't want to be downtown because of the garment mentality," said Gold.

He said the out-of-the-way location on Satsuma Avenue worked to their advantage.

"People loved the fact that they couldn't find us. It created some mystique," said Gold.

A few years after opening up, the church next door went up for sale, and Gold and his partner bought it.

"I figured every Jewish boy should own a church," Gold joked.

Gold said he and his partner closed their business in 1991 and retired. They also left the building to their five children between the two of them, but now as they both are approaching their 80s think it would be wise to sell the building to avoid the children having to squabble over the property.

"You never know, one may want to sell, one may want to keep it," Gold said.

The building is listed for sale at $650,000.

Sheila Muller September 02, 2011 at 01:08 AM
your facts are totally wrong...the Satsuma building was not St. Charles. The original St.Charles was located on Weddington In North Hollywood. The parish moved to the Moorpark location in the late thirties...I went to school there during the forties, and was married in the original Moorpark church in 1957. The present church building came a few years later. All this can be verified on Wickipedia. IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO KNOW THE ORIGINAL TENANT OF THE sATSUMA BUILDING.
Me September 02, 2011 at 03:21 AM
You are wrong go to http://www.scbnh.com/history.htm and you will see information regarding the old church building.
Craig Clough September 02, 2011 at 03:56 AM
Looking into it, the Satsuma location was affiliated with St. Charles as a mission, basically an extension church. Mr. Gold, who has owned the building since the 70s, was the source of this information. The main congregation though, yes, was located on Moorpark until the current church opened 1959.
Bob Peppermuller February 15, 2012 at 09:58 PM
It was called the Santa Susana Mission under direction of St. Charles. Built in 1942 under orders by Bishop Cantwell to serve the Spanish speaking population around there at the time. There is a similar mission on Lankershim just above Saticoy under direction of Holy Rosary in Sun Valley. This mission is still active.
Corky Baines January 24, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Yes it's true it was called Santa Susana Mission . My friends owns the historic Mandonna wood stature that was the main center piece of the church


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