The Alhambra Ward began as a branch in the California Mission in 1920; it later became part of the first stake in California. The Alhambra became a ward in 1923.
Construction of the current Alhambra Ward building began in March of 1931 during the depth of the Great Depression. The tile-roofed Spanish Mission style building was constructed by the members themselves. For many of the unemployed men working on the building, the meal provided each day by the Church's Relief Society sisters was the only meal of the day. The building was completed in 1935; President Heber J. Grant dedicated it on Dec. 1 of that year. It is located at 1212 South Eighth St. in Alhambra.
Mary Simmons of the Alhambra Ward was there at the dedication; she was 8 years old. Her most vivid memory was when President Grant invited all the children to come up and shake his hand. She thought shaking the prophet's hand was very special. One child said that she would never wash her hand again.