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Developer restores former L.A. cathedral, converts it into event hall
CNA ^ | September 5, 2007

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.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; History
KEYWORDS: architecture; cathedral; catholics; la; lasangeles; mahony; vibiana
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To: Argus
Plus that disaster of a building, the new cathredral in LA will stand as a reminder of the disaster of what is known as Cardinal Mahony. Will rejoice when he calls it quits in a few years. I bet the Pope will rejoice too.
21 posted on 09/06/2007 2:45:00 PM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation.)
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To: Between the Lines

I find better beauty in mega box stores. LOL


22 posted on 09/06/2007 2:47:43 PM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation.)
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To: NYer

**The remains of St. Vibiana, which were in the former cathedral, were relocated and entombed in the new cathedral.**

Entombed??


23 posted on 09/06/2007 4:50:47 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Argus

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.


24 posted on 09/07/2007 8:03:52 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Deo volente

Looks like yet another good book to put on the stack of good books that I need to read ...


25 posted on 09/07/2007 8:07:21 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: bboop

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.


26 posted on 09/07/2007 10:08:41 AM PDT by Argus
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To: Argus

Uh, make that “his personal vanity”.


27 posted on 09/07/2007 10:09:27 AM PDT by Argus
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To: Argus

Yup, they evicted some nuns up at this end of town, too. Very bad, I think.


28 posted on 09/07/2007 4:09:18 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: ArrogantBustard
Bah ... Aztec temples were a whole lot better looking than the Taj Mahony. That miserable abhomination should be imploded.

Agreed. Up here in the Bay Area, we have our own new "Cathedral" to deal with, which will be completed next year. Some have likened it's appearance to a nuclear power plant.

Another thing that I found out about Mahoney which surprised me is that he is a licensed helicopter pilot. Say what?? I took flying lessons back in the early 90's, and I remember how it expensive it was for someone of modest means to pursue a simple license to fly around in a single engine Cessna. Helicopters are very expensive to rent on an hourly basis, and you have to get in a lot of hours to receive your license. How does he afford such an extravagance, given his position as a humble shepard of the church?? In addition, how do he and the current Bishop of San Francisco afford to own an ocean-front condo together in Southern California to which they both plan to retire??

I pray for these Bishops, that they may dispense their duties according to God's will (I also pray for myself, that I, and others, may not be lead astray by all the dark thoughts that such situations cause!!!)


29 posted on 09/09/2007 11:15:25 AM PDT by Zetman
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To: NYer
Sadly, Hollywood didn’t waste any time defiling St. Vibianas. For about a week, crowds of extras dressed as if for a gay pride parade, marched in and out of the what was once a house of God.

The reason: a theatrical debauch being staged within its walls for inclusion in a demented Adam Sandler movie now in release.

30 posted on 09/25/2007 11:02:31 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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