Garden Grove, California: Christ Cathedral (formerly Crystal Cathedral)World's first modern Christian megachurch is an over-the-top see-thru edifice. Was the broadcast ministry of Robert H. Schuller's "Hour of Power." Completed in 1980, designed by architect Philip Johnson, with 10,000 panes of glass in steel frame made to withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake. Sold in 2011 bankruptcy proceeding to the Catholic Diocese of Orange, currently renovating to remove any lingering Protestantism.
- 12141 Lewis St., Garden Grove, CA
- West of I-5, Entrances on W Chapman Ave and Lewis St.
- Closed for renovations.
Visitor Tips and News About Christ Cathedral (formerly Crystal Cathedral)
It's not glass; it's plexiglas. It will only be a cathedral when the Catholics, who bought it, occupy it with their bishop. The place is run down, due to the problems the Schullers have had in maintaining their dynasty.[David Lintner, 07/05/2012]
The cathedral is an amazing architectural glass structure edged with beautiful gardens and statues.[Sunny254566, 03/29/2011]
Robert H. Schuller's "Hour of Power" broadcast from this giant edifice by architect Philip Johnson, the world's first modern mega-church, which opened in 1980.