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June 12, 1996 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Spanish architect Jose Rafael Moneo, named Tuesday as the designer of a new St. Vibiana's Roman Catholic Cathedral, said he favors demolition of the existing cathedral and hopes its $50-million replacement will stay at the original downtown site as "a sign of hope" for Los Angeles.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2002 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Around 6 Friday evening, a groggy, bespectacled man in a wrinkled blazer slipped undetected into the rear entrance of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The construction workers were gone, the opening was two days off, and the low sun threw orange light sideways across the walls and windows. "When you stand here," said the man softly, "you feel the walls as sources of light." "And when you stand here, the ceiling is like wings, folded, protecting you."
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 1996 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
Jose Rafael Moneo of Madrid, an eclectic architect revered for his unusually wide range of accomplishments and his ability to connect the present with the past, is this year's winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Known as the Nobel of architecture, the highly coveted honor bestows a $100,000 grant, a bronze medallion and--most important--the prestige of joining an elite international corps of Pritzker laureates.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2002 | NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF
Los Angeles finally has a spiritual heart. That's the assumption, at least, behind the monumental new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. But exactly what kind of spiritual heart is it? Rising at the corner of downtown's Grand Avenue and Temple Street, the cathedral's stark concrete form stands at the intersection of the city's cultural future. Its enormous footprint--1 foot longer than Manhattan's St. Patrick's Cathedral--ranks it among the largest cathedrals in America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1996
I am delighted to read what Jose Rafael Moneo had to say about the designated site for the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Commentary, Sept. 22). Much of the press and politics that have been generated so far favor sites that would primarily revitalize downtown. Yet the cathedral should be seen in a greater context than providing foot traffic to where it is desolate, or being an element of revitalization. I agree on his rationale behind the site selection--similar to the St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan as being a part of the greater urban fabric, yet having its own identity.
NEWS
December 6, 2001
In "A Shared Devotion to the New Cathedral" (Nov. 29), architect Jose Rafael Moneo says: "There have not been many good examples of religious architecture in the last 100 years," except for a few like "the Matisse chapel and LeCorbusier's churches at La Tourette and, particularly, Ronchamp" in France. Apparently, Moneo is not familiar with Marcel Breuer's internationally acclaimed St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., of which architect I.M. Pei once said, if it weren't tucked away in rural Minnesota, it would be one of the 20th century's most famous pieces of architecture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1996 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Spanish architect Jose Rafael Moneo has created banks, an airport terminal, museums and apartment buildings. As he takes on his latest project--the new St. Vibiana's Cathedral--critics cite his gift for capturing history within a contemporary design. And the best example of that may be the National Museum of Roman Art in Merida, Spain, built over the site of archeological excavations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1997 | NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF, TIMES ARCHITECTURE CRITIC
Tucked into a barren room in the archdiocese's temporary offices on Wilshire Boulevard, the latest model for the new $50-million Roman Catholic cathedral proposed for downtown Los Angeles gives the first clear image of what Spanish architect Jose Rafael Moneo's design will look like.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1997 | CLINT ALBERTSON, Clint Albertson is a member of the Jesuit community and professor emeritus of English literature and art history at Loyola Marymount University
One glance at The Times' reproduction of the design for Los Angeles' new cathedral was enough to reassure me. Cardinal Mahony had picked the right architect. What I saw was no postmodern display of self-assertive virtuosity. Here was a serious poetic creation. It was clearly rooted in a long architectural history. Yet its graceful asymmetrical forms spoke the language of our uncertain age and of a new millennium. The Thomist certainty of Gothic would ring false here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1996 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jose Rafael Moneo, a prize-winning Spanish architect whose work combines contemporary and historical styles, is the front-runner in the competition to design a new St. Vibiana's Roman Catholic Cathedral in Los Angeles, sources close to the process said Tuesday. Moneo was formally named one of three finalists Tuesday for the cathedral commission, along with two highly regarded Santa Monica-based architects, Frank O. Gehry and Thom Mayne.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2002 | MARY McNAMARA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the nave of the nearly finished Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony proclaims the man with silvery hair "a miracle worker." The man, who appears to be a construction foreman, has just informed the cardinal that, per his request, the window-washing scaffolding will be coming down today. The man smiles shyly at the delight this information elicits, nods and turns away.
NEWS
December 6, 2001
In "A Shared Devotion to the New Cathedral" (Nov. 29), architect Jose Rafael Moneo says: "There have not been many good examples of religious architecture in the last 100 years," except for a few like "the Matisse chapel and LeCorbusier's churches at La Tourette and, particularly, Ronchamp" in France. Apparently, Moneo is not familiar with Marcel Breuer's internationally acclaimed St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., of which architect I.M. Pei once said, if it weren't tucked away in rural Minnesota, it would be one of the 20th century's most famous pieces of architecture.
NEWS
November 29, 2001 | TIM RUTTEN, TIMES CULTURE CORRESPONDENT
In 1985, on the occasion of his appointment as chairman of Harvard's department of architecture, Jose Rafael Moneo delivered a lecture in which he sadly recalled Victor Hugo's famous observation that "books killed cathedral architecture." Moneo, for whom the "walls and columns" of the Gothic cathedrals summarized "all natural and sacred history," since has returned frequently to Hugo's aphorism. Widespread literacy, the Spanish architect argues, means people "no longer use buildings as books."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1997 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prominent names in architecture, real estate and religion gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to ponder this question: How can Grand Avenue live up to its name? Such important new landmarks as the Disney Concert Hall and the Roman Catholic cathedral are planned to be built on Bunker Hill along Grand Avenue over the next few years.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 1997 | NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF, TIMES ARCHITECTURE CRITIC
Cathedrals are meant to elevate the soul. They are great communal meeting halls, capable of shutting out class and cultural differences. But how to do that in a soulless, fractured era? A Spanish Modernist obsessed with history, architect Jose Rafael Moneo shuns the chaos of contemporary life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1997 | CLINT ALBERTSON, Clint Albertson is a member of the Jesuit community and professor emeritus of English literature and art history at Loyola Marymount University
One glance at The Times' reproduction of the design for Los Angeles' new cathedral was enough to reassure me. Cardinal Mahony had picked the right architect. What I saw was no postmodern display of self-assertive virtuosity. Here was a serious poetic creation. It was clearly rooted in a long architectural history. Yet its graceful asymmetrical forms spoke the language of our uncertain age and of a new millennium. The Thomist certainty of Gothic would ring false here.
OPINION
April 7, 1996 | Michael Webb, Michael Webb is the author of "The City Square" (Whitney Library of Design) and "Architects Guide to Los Angeles" (AIA, Los Angeles)
You don't have to be religious to feel uplifted by the great cathedrals of Europe and Latin America. Monuments of an age of faith, they still reach out to everyone, anchoring city centers, providing serene retreats from the bustle of daily life and making ageless beauty universally accessible. Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles, plans to dedicate a new cathedral in the year 2000, as a spiritual and civic focus for downtown Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1996 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Cardinal Roger M. Mahony decides to build the new St. Vibiana's Cathedral at another location, he might not stray far from home. Mahony and his advisors have been studying six sites within about a mile of the current, earthquake-damaged cathedral, according to sources involved in the search. Two of the downtown sites are across the street from the existing St. Vibiana's, and three are within a few blocks.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 1997 | Nicolai Ouroussoff, Nicolai Ouroussoff is The Times' architecture critic
Jose Rafael Moneo lives in a delicately balanced world. The Spanish architect works and lives in twin honey-colored houses four blocks apart, their plain forms hidden behind rows of Chinese elms, part of a 1930s-era garden city plan that was never finished. Across town, the Cine Capitol, a curvaceous Moderne corner building designed in 1930 by Moneo's father-in-law, architect Luis Feduchi, punctuates one end of Madrid's Gran Via.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1997 | NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF, TIMES ARCHITECTURE CRITIC
Tucked into a barren room in the archdiocese's temporary offices on Wilshire Boulevard, the latest model for the new $50-million Roman Catholic cathedral proposed for downtown Los Angeles gives the first clear image of what Spanish architect Jose Rafael Moneo's design will look like.
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