Crystal Cathedral Building, Architect, Los Angeles Architecture, Photos, Design
Crystal Cathedral Los Angeles : Architecture
Californian Religious Building, USA – design by Philip Johnson / John Burgee
15 Jan 2008
Location: Garden Grove, Los Angeles, California
Design: Philip Johnson with John Burgee
‘The largest glass building in the world’
Photos ¬© Andrew McRae, 2008
The Crystal Cathedral is a church building in Garden Grove, Orange County, California, in the United States. The reflective glass building, designed by American architect Philip Johnson, was completed in 1981 and seats 2,736 people. The largest glass building in the world, it has one of the largest musical instruments in the world, the Hazel Wright Memorial organ.
Until 2013, the building had been the principal place of worship for Crystal Cathedral Ministries, a congregation of the Reformed Church in America founded in 1955 by Robert H. Schuller. Crystal Cathedral Ministries filed for bankruptcy in October 2010 and in February 2012 sold the building and its adjacent campus to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange for future use as the diocese’s new cathedral. The building, especially the interior sanctuary, is currently being renovated to accommodate the Roman Catholic liturgy and is due to re-open in 2016, at which time it is expected to be consecrated and formally renamed Christ Cathedral and become the seat of the Diocese of Orange.
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Philip Johnson, John Burgee and Richard Meier are all internationally recognised architects. Philip is from a slightly older generation of mid to late 20th century architects and he has worked with greats such as Mies van der Rohe (Seagram Buildiing in New York City).
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