The old church building looks forlorn at Warner Avenue and Nichols Street, its windows boarded up and the sign that juts over the sidewalk mostly smashed.
From a distance, the structure doesn't give many indications of the role it once played in Orange County. Another sign, apparently hand-painted, advertises Bible study and services in English and Spanish. The building's most prominent feature is a mural featuring a silhouette of Christ with a rainbow cutting through it and the slogan, "Jesus Lives."
Near the front door, though, a small cornerstone bears the words "Japanese Presbyterian Church A.D. 1934." And that's the history that some in Orange County hope to save.
The former Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Church, which resides on a 3.7-acre property along with a historic house, mission and minister's quarters, has belonged to Rainbow Disposal since 2004. The Huntington Beach trash collection company seeks to demolish all the structures.
According to the Orange County Historical Society, the buildings, some more than a century old, represent the most important Asian American extant site in the county.