Trading Beauty for Ugliness

This is the lovely Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, former cathedral of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.


Saint Vibiana served as the cathedral of Los Angeles for over 100 years. It was damaged during the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the Archdiocese sought to demolish it. Even though Cardinal Mahoney saw no value in preserving Saint Viviana, the people of Los Angeles fought to preserve the cathedral due to its beauty and historical significance. They secured a deal for the City of Los Angeles to purchase the cathedral from the Archdiocese.

The Archdiocese use the money to build this cement monstrosity instead.

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Jamie Pham, Fine Art America

The former cathedral now serves as the event venue, Vibiana.


Calloway Gable Studios

More on the history of Saint Vibiana

Latin Solemn High Mass at Saint Vibiana from the 1944 movie, Christmas Holiday.

A final picture of Saint Vibiana’s altar.

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