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Christ Cathedral Arboretum

Originally designed by Richard Neutra in 1961 for the ministry of Robert Schuller, the Christ Cathedral Arboretum is an homage to the California car culture of the era. Schuller and Neutra originally designed the building around a radical idea: the first drive-in/walk-in church. 

LPA partnered with the Catholic Diocese of Orange and the Christ Cathedral Corporation to revitalize the aging facility, adapt it to the needs of a changing liturgy, and restore it to its former glory as a gem of mid-century Southern California modernism.

One of the first tasks for the design team was to peel away the layers of unsuccessful modifications that had obscured much of Neutra’s design over the years. With the aid of architectural historian and Neutra scholar Barbara Lemprecht, the team set about researching the building’s original character and determining appropriate steps for renovation. 

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Status: Built
Location: Garden Grove, CA, US
Firm Role: Architect, Interior Designer, Lighting Designer
Additional Credits: Owner: Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange
Civil Engineer: Joseph C. Truxaw & Assoc.
Structural Engineer: JS Dyer & Assoc.
MEP Engineer: Syska Hennessy Group
Landscape: Land Concern
Electrical Engineer: Tk1SC
General Contractor: Cannon Building
Construction Manager: Davis Partners / Hager Pacific Properties
Architectural Historian: Lamprecht archiTEXTural
Color Consultant: Patti Grant Studio