Fuller Theological Seminary will move to Pomona by 2021, freeing its 13-acre campus in Pasadena’s central business district to be sold for new uses and development, it was reported Wednesday.
Fuller is acquiring downtown land in the eastern San Gabriel Valley city where it will build a more accessible campus with lower surrounding housing costs, acting provost Mari Clements said Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The seminary will leave behind a hodgepodge of scholastic, commercial and residential buildings spread among six blocks near the intersection of Los Robles Avenue and Walnut Street in Pasadena. The campus evolved over decades, starting in 1947 when the school founded by evangelist Charles E. Fuller, host of the radio broadcast “Old Fashioned Revival Hour,” opened with 39 students.
Wednesday, about 400 students pursue post-graduate degrees in theology, psychology and intercultural studies on the Pasadena campus.
Another Pasadena theological school campus has already been sold and partially redeveloped. Ambassador College, operated by the Worldwide Church of God on the western edge of Old Pasadena, was sold in pieces more than a decade ago to residential developers and to HRock Church and Maranatha High School.
The Fuller campus is known for its collection of stately houses in the Ford Place Historic District, a residential subdivision created in 1902 that was intended to be a “showplace” residential neighborhood, according to the National Park Service.
The buildings in the Ford Place landmark district are essentially protected, real estate broker Chalvis Evans of CBRE said, according to The Times, but other buildings on the campus could be repurposed or razed and replaced with new structures. The campus also includes 248 apartments, a newly constructed library, administrative offices, an auditorium and lecture halls.