Philip Johnson

Crystal Cathedral enters a new era as it transforms into Christ Cathedral

Crystal Cathedral enters a new era as it transforms into Christ Cathedral

The Crystal Cathedral was for decades a powerful symbol of a certain kind of church.

The landmark church was built by the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the famed pastor who brought the drive-in church to Orange County during the beginning of the postwar suburban boom and preached an upbeat, modern vision of Christianity.

The Philip Johnson-designed structure made of steel and more than 12,000 panes of glass became world famous and was a forerunner to other so-called mega churches.

But more than a year after Schuller’s death, the Crystal Cathedral is undergoing a major transformation in both design and ownership.

The makeover will transform the building...

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