Prayer Spire With Bells

Just Like A Prayer

Christ Cathedral, formerly the Crystal Cathedral, Prayer Spire, Garden Grove, California

Construction of the Crystal Cathedral (now Christ Cathedral) in Garden Grove, California began in 1977 and was completed in 1980 at a cost of $18 million. The 18-story, 236-foot Crean Tower was added in 1990. It is often called the Prayer Spire but is actually a bell tower and carillon. The Arvella Schuller Carillon is 52 bells, weighing 50 pounds to 2 tons, each sounding a different note. The carillon resides near the top of the tower and the bells range from 6 inches to 6 feet in size. Founded in 1955 by Robert H. Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Ministries filed for bankruptcy in October 2010; in February 2012 the building and its adjacent campus was sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange for use as the diocese’s new cathedral.

 

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Lemon Tree Very Pretty

Lemon Tree, southern California

 

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Square Perspective #2

Lighting the Way

Colonnade lights in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA.

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On the Rails Again

Homeward Bound

Taking the train from Los Angeles to Washington, DC. A three night journey from coast to coast. After 6 months in southern California, I’m on my way back to Virginia. I decided to go the slow way. This is about one hour out of LA looking south.

Standing Out in a Crowd

Detail of art work hanging in Kaiser Permanente Anaheim lobby, glass and porcelain, Dance of Life, Irina Charny, 2012

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The Last Branch

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