about christ cathedral
In the late 1970s, legendary American architect Philip Johnson and his partner John Burgee presented their designs for an “all-glass church” to Rev. Robert Schuller. Upon seeing the plans, Reverend Schuller exclaimed, “Wow, it looks like a crystal cathedral!”
The building was a massive undertaking, taking more than two years to complete. Standing 120 feet tall, 141 feet long and 207 feet wide, this 78,397-square-foot, 12-story edifice is constructed entirely of glass and steel.
With more than 10,000 panes of mirrored glass, the cathedral structure is known the world over for its inspiring beauty and breathtaking scale. The main sanctuary seats more than 2,000 people and will become a spiritual home to Orange County’s more than 1.3 million Catholics. The cathedral has closed for an extensive renovation to remake the space as a place of Catholic worship and will reopen after its formal dedication in 2019.