Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Built on a 5.5-acre site in Downtown Los Angeles, this landmark development seats 3,000 worshippers and can accommodate 5,000 in its grand public plaza for liturgical, cultural, and civic events.


The site consists of a 64,000-square-foot cathedral building with a 25,000-square-foot mausoleum; 156-foot campanile; a 56,000-square-foot conference center including a gift shop, café, parish offices, and meeting space for 1,200 people; a cardinal’s/clergy residence; and three levels of subterranean parking for 600 cars. The 125-million-pound cathedral building rests on 149 base isolators and 47 sliders.


Pritzker Prize winning architect Jose Rafael Moneo included many special design features: the largest installation of alabaster windows in the world, faceted architectural concrete shear walls spanning up to 130 feet 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.


Project Size:

475,000 gsf


Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles


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


  • 2006 ATC Engineering News Record - Top Seismic Resistant Projects
  • 2003 Concrete Industry Board - Roger H. Corbetta Award of Merit
  • 2003 Building Design & Construction - Building Team Grand Prize, Institutional
  • 2003 ASCE National - Outstanding Achievement in Civil Engineering Award
  • 2003 ASCE Metropolitan Los Angeles Chapter - Outstanding Private Sector Civil Engineering Project
  • 2003 American Concrete Institute International - Charles S. Whitney Award
  • 2002 Southern California Ready Mix Association - Excellence in Concrete
  • 2002 California Construction Link - Best of 2002, Religious
  • 2002 ACI Pankow & Concrete Awards (Southern California Chapter) - Charles Pankow Jr. Award, Excellence in Concrete
  • 2000 AIA Los Angeles - Building Team of the Year & Outstanding Achievement Presidential Award

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