California Historical Landmarks in San Mateo County

California Historical Landmark 909
Our Lady of the Wayside
930 Portola Road
Portola Valley

Our Lady of the Wayside in Portola Valley
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  Our Lady of the Wayside Commemorative Plaque in Portola Valley
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Our Lady of the Wayside

Built in 1912 this country church was the first executed design of noted architect, Timothy L. Pflueger, who had just begun work for James Miller. An awareness of the Spanish California missions inspired the style, which contrasts with the large commercial buildings and art deco theaters for which Pflueger later became notable. Construction of this Catholic church was initiated by a non-denominational club, The Family.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 909
Plaque placed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the town of Portola Valley, September 4, 1977.

Timothy L. Pflueger designed this chaste church when he was only twenty years old. Ten years later, he designed the Castro Theater, a grander and gaudier riff on Mission architecture, urbanized and secularized. He went on to design several of San Francisco's classic office towers, but he is best known for his movie theaters.

Our Lady of the Wayside is also National Register Landmark #77000338.

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