Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Los Angeles, California
In the wake of extensive damage to the seat of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from the California earthquake of 1994, a new facility was needed to service the 4 million Roman Catholics in the greater Los Angeles area. Collaborating with Design Architect Jose Rafael Moneo, LEO A DALY provided executive architectural/engineering services and management of the consultants for the 240,000-SF Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. We also provided architectural and engineering support for liturgical art for the project. The centerpiece is a 128,000-SF, 3000-seat cathedral. The site includes a 23,000-SF residence for the Archbishop, resident clergy and visitors and a 55,000-SF conference center with parish offices and meeting rooms. Other amenities include a 2.5-acre plaza, cloister garden, 156-FT campanile tower, cafe and religious items store and 600-car underground parking garage.
At a glance
3,000-Seat Worship Center
2.5-acre Plaza, 2 Outdoor Plazas
55,000-SF Gift Shop, Cafe, Conference Center, Parish Offices
156-FT Campanile Tower,
600-Car Underground Parking Garage
Project of the Year Award
American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter
Grand Award, Building Team Award
Building Design & Construction
Top Seismic Project of the 20th Century
The Applied Technology Council and Engineering News Record
The large main sanctuary is 330 feet long with a ceiling that rises from 85 feet above the baptistery to nearly 100 feet.
Structural engineering allows for more than 27-inches of lateral movement in any direction during a category 8 earthquake.
Consultant Team Management
"The level of enthusiasm for the success of the job is unequaled in my 40-plus years of construction ..."