Skip to comments.Developer restores former L.A. cathedral, converts it into event hall
Posted on 09/06/2007 11:09:04 AM PDT by NYer
Los Angeles, Sep 5, 2007 / 10:11 am (CNA).- Thanks to local preservationists and an astute developer, the former cathedral of Los Angeles was returned to its previous structural glory last week.
The former St. Vibiana Cathedral, now simply named Vibiana and converted into a concert and events hall, got its 3,500-pound cupola back Aug. 30, reported the L.A. Times. The moment ended an 11-year campaign to save the downtown landmark.
The historic cathedral was marked for demolition after it suffered structural damage in a 1994 earthquake. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles decided that repairs would cost more than the Baroque-like 1,200-seat building was worth and made plans to build a new, larger cathedral.
Local preservationists launched a campaign to save the 131-year-old church after the sudden dismantling of the cathedral bell tower on a Saturday morning in mid-1996.
Archdiocese officials insisted they were only following a city order issued the previous day that called for them to "abate" the imminent danger posed by the quake-damaged tower.
But leaders of the Los Angeles Conservancy obtained a temporary restraining order just in time to halt the demolition. By that time, a crane had lifted the 20-foot wood-framed cupola off the top of the tower.
Developer Tom Gilmore eventually purchased St. Vibiana in 1999 for $4.6 million. He has spent a reported $6 million renovating it, including $2.5 million to restore the church's 83-foot-tall bell tower. Vibiana is now a venue for special events, receptions and concerts.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles built its new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels at Temple Street and Grand Avenue. The remains of St. Vibiana, which were in the former cathedral, were relocated and entombed in the new cathedral.
I find better beauty in mega box stores. LOL
**The remains of St. Vibiana, which were in the former cathedral, were relocated and entombed in the new cathedral.**
Argus, that is EXACTLY what the new ‘cathedral’ is — an Aztec Temple. I do NOT like that cathedral, starting with the ‘Mary’ (and I use that name loosely) above the doors. And aren’t the doors covered with the icons of many religions? UCK. And UCK to Mahoney, too. Bad Shepherd indeed.
Looks like yet another good book to put on the stack of good books that I need to read ...
My daughter and I were on a tour of the place while it was still under construction (with her Catholic school group), and I was appalled already. The “altar” is a huge slab of blood-red marble that looks exactly like the kind of stone table the Aztec priests would sacrifice their victims on. Today there’s yet another article in the LA Times about some old nuns who are getting evicted from their convent so Mahony can sell their house to help pay off the pedophile fund. But there was plenty of dough to build that monument to her personal vanity downtown.
Uh, make that “his personal vanity”.
Yup, they evicted some nuns up at this end of town, too. Very bad, I think.
The reason: a theatrical debauch being staged within its walls for inclusion in a demented Adam Sandler movie now in release.