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)


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

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