Crystal Cathedral

(Christ Cathedral)

True to its namesake, the cathedral very much looks like a crystal laying on its side lengthwise. Internal structures keep the glass panes in place so as to create a visually seamless exterior. Being that it is an almost entirely glass structure, the interior is very bright and relaxing. New accommodations for the Catholic services now taking place in the church slightly altered the original. Warmer colors and textures replaced the light and modern fixtures from the original design. (2017)

Architect: Johnson & Burgee, Scott Johnson

Built: 1980, 2019

Style: Post-Modern

Type: Religious Institution

Address: 13280 Chapman Ave

City: Garden Grove


Los Angeles Times. (2016, November 20). The Crystal Cathedral Redesign: Why Tasteful Updates Add Up to Architectural Disappointment. Los Angeles Times.