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WHITTIER – It was the church the late President Richard Nixon attended when he lived in Whittier. And for a few locals like Claire Smith, it’s the church in which they were raised. East Whittier Friends Church is celebrating its 100th anniversary this weekend, and as many as four generations of congregants and former pastors are expected to return for the festivities. Smith, 77, said the church is “my home church.” The La Habra resident has served as East Whittier Friends’ administrator since 1972 and is one of its longest-standing members. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“It’s very exciting to be involved in a church that’s been around this long,” added George Cosand, 61, of Whittier. “God’s been good to this church, and this is only one milestone – we’re expecting many more,” Cosand said. East Whittier Friends Church, which officially marks its centennial Tuesday, was founded in the Quaker tradition. But it was thrown into the public spotlight whenever Nixon visited California as vice president and then as president. Smith said Nixon, as a young boy, played piano for the church’s Sunday school. East Whittier Friends Church’s original worship building came from the New River Friends Church in what is now Downey. The structure was moved to a lot on Whittier Boulevard in 1906. It was repaired and furnished for $479.02, according to church records. Charles Tebbets, then-president of Whittier College, served as the first church’s pastor, but he could preach “only when the road was passable,” church historians said. The original church building was eventually demolished, and the current structure was completed in 1927. For many years, East Whittier Friends remained the only church on Whittier Boulevard east of Los Angeles. What makes the church’s current building so unique is its old-English design. It is one of only a few buildings on the boulevard that has a basement. And its stained-glass windows date to the original building. “The architecture is very striking,” Smith said. “There aren’t churches that look like this anymore.” Within the sanctuary, thick, wooden beams, hand hewn by a church member, line the interior of the building. Cracks along the beams are evidence of past earthquakes, including the 1987 Whittier Narrows quake. The church has expanded over the past 79 years. Officials have added classrooms and meeting rooms. The church also owns several properties along the north side of Russell Street. Several congregation members described their 250-member faith community as a “family church.” “It’s not a mega-church, but it provides,” said Melanie Lopez, the church’s youth pastor. “Everybody knows everybody’s name, and they provide for each other.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!