Garden Grove Community Church

(Christ Cathedral Arboretum)

The original piece of the Christ Cathedral campus, this is arguably one Neutra’s most fondly remembered works. It ranks right amongst his Kaufmann House as one of the most iconic pieces of mid-20th century architecture. While no longer a drive-in chapel, like it was originally, the building has been relatively faithfully maintained. Multi-story glass walls flank either side of the building. Vertical elements naturally draw visitors’ gaze up from the cavernous interior toward the floating altar, and up towards the heavens above. (2017)

Architect: Richard Neutra

Built: 1961

Style: Modernist

Type: Religious Institution

Address: 13280 Chapman Ave

City: Garden Grove


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