Cathedral of Our Lady of The Angels

Cathedral of Our Lady of The Angels

Built on a five-and-one-half acre site in downtown Los Angeles, this landmark development was the first new Catholic cathedral in the western United States in thirty years. It seats 3,000 worshippers and can accommodate 5,000 in its grand public plaza for liturgical, cultural and civic events.


Pritzker Prize winning architect Jose Rafael Moneo included many special features: the largest installation of alabaster windows in the world, faceted architectural concrete walls with hundreds of non-repeating angles, integration of commissioned art works, seismic base isolation and architectural concrete designed for a service life of 500 years. The Wall Street Journal calls it, “The most impressive large interior space ever built in Los Angeles.”

Project Size:

475,000 gsf


Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Design Architect:

  • Raphael Moneo (Design)
  • Leo A. Daly (Architect of Record)


  • Top Seismic Project, Applied Technology Council/ENR
  • Charles J. Pankow Jr. Award, ACI Southern California

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