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January 31, 2001 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dan Giles does not call himself a religious man. But he has, he says, respect for God, those who worship, and monuments inspired by faith. All of which leads the 60-year-old welder from Silver Lake to a quandary when he considers the stack of wrought iron gates resting in his yard: He got them as scrap and now figures they'll fetch $50,000. For decades, the eight gold-painted gates, each weighing several hundred pounds, adorned the shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe at St.
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February 6, 2001 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owner of eight wrought iron gates discarded two years ago from St. Vibiana's Cathedral moved closer Monday to returning them, but on one condition: They must be used for a new tribute to the Virgin of Guadalupe. Although the cathedral has been sold to a private developer and is scheduled to become a performing arts center and hotel, welder Dan Giles said Monday that he would sell back the gates only if they are used for their original function, part of a monument to the Virgin.
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June 11, 1996 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the shadow of the church's partly dismantled bell tower, Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and key City Council members publicly rallied Monday to support the Roman Catholic archdiocese's plan to demolish quake-damaged St. Vibiana's Cathedral and build a replacement at the downtown site. "History matters, history informs, history challenges. But leaving St.
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February 1, 2001 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Almost two years ago, welder Dan Giles rescued eight gold-painted gates to a shrine at St. Vibiana's Cathedral from a scrap heap. On Wednesday, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Conservancy and an attorney with a powerful Los Angeles law firm said they want the gates returned. "We are going to ask for the gates," said archdiocese spokesman Tod Tamberg.
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June 26, 1996 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying that he was encouraged by support from political leaders in his fight against preservationists, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony announced Tuesday that he will extend by a week, to July 22, his deadline for deciding whether to build a new St. Vibiana's Cathedral on the downtown site of the existing church he wants demolished.
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July 12, 1996 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Sen. Richard G. Polanco (D-Los Angeles) on Thursday revived legislation intended to clear the path for the destruction of St. Vibiana's Cathedral, amending a bill that could move through the Legislature as early as next week. The move came one day after similar legislation died in a committee chaired by state Sen. Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica).
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November 21, 1996 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In hopes that a buyer and new use can be found for St. Vibiana's Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Los Angeles Conservancy on Wednesday announced the selection of a group of architects and urban experts to study the now-abandoned downtown church.
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September 24, 1988
The badly decomposed body of a woman was found Friday in a box on the steps of St. Vibiana Cathedral's rectory, the residence of Roman Catholic Archbishop Roger M. Mahony in downtown Los Angeles. A cathedral employee, thinking it might contain a gift of clothing for the poor, hoisted the box onto a hand truck and wheeled it into the church before the body was discovered. Police said the body is believed to be that of a woman, aged 35 to 40.
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July 26, 1996
Superior Court Judge Robert O'Brien reserved decision Thursday on the fate of St. Vibiana's Cathedral, the downtown Los Angeles church that the Roman Catholic archdiocese wants to raze. After winning a temporary restraining order from the judge last week, the Los Angeles Conservancy is seeking a more lasting injunction against demolition. The conservancy contends that a thorough environmental impact study must be conducted before the 120-year-old structure can be razed.
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January 31, 2001 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dan Giles does not call himself a religious man. But he has, he says, respect for God, those who worship, and monuments inspired by faith. All of which leads the 60-year-old welder from Silver Lake to a quandary when he considers the stack of wrought iron gates resting in his yard: He got them as scrap and now figures they'll fetch $50,000. For decades, the eight gold-painted gates, each weighing several hundred pounds, adorned the shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe at St.
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July 21, 2000 | From Associated Press
State Assemblyman Gilbert Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) on Thursday announced a $4-million state grant to retrofit downtown Los Angeles' original Roman Catholic cathedral, St. Vibiana's, which was severely damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The grant would be part of a $40-million commercial redevelopment of the 1876 cathedral. The Catholic Church is building a $69.6-million downtown cathedral, Our Lady of the Angels, set to open next year.
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November 3, 1999 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In front of St. Vibiana's Cathedral, its facade cracked and peeling and sprouting weeds, the scene these days is one of homelessness and neglect squatting just a few blocks below the glinting towers of Bunker Hill. But Tuesday, at the 123-year-old building that once marked the city's expansion from a dusty old pueblo, dignitaries and activists came to celebrate a vision of downtown's future that recycles pieces of its past.
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November 2, 1999 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
St. Vibiana's Cathedral, the 123-year-old abandoned landmark that escaped demolition after lengthy court battles, has been purchased by a downtown developer who hopes to rehabilitate the quake-damaged church as the centerpiece of an educational, housing and cultural complex.
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October 1, 1997
By supporting the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in efforts to quickly demolish St. Vibiana's Cathedral in downtown, the city of Los Angeles suffered a series of legal defeats. One proved costly Tuesday as the City Council approved a nearly $345,000 settlement to the attorneys who represented the Los Angeles Conservancy. The archdiocese will not have to pay any of those legal fees, according to council staff members who described the closed-door session.
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June 17, 1997 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The campaign to save St. Vibiana's Roman Catholic Cathedral from demolition intensified Monday as preservationists named the downtown Los Angeles church building as one of the nation's most endangered historic places and offered financial details on possibly restoring it as part of a hotel, office or cultural complex.
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June 18, 1996 | LARRY GORDON and TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As protesters opposed to a new building temporarily occupied St. Vibiana's Cathedral on Monday, a Superior Court judge heard arguments on further demolition of the existing bell tower at the landmark downtown church. The court hearing raised issues of whether the Los Angeles archdiocese and city inspectors offered misleading evidence of seismic damage to the 120-year-old cathedral and whether preservationists are violating Catholics' religious freedom.
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July 11, 1996 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state Senate committee Wednesday stalled legislation that would exempt the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles from environmental review before demolishing St. Vibiana's Cathedral or building a new one in its place.
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March 25, 1997 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Touting legislation he introduced last month to earmark $1 million in state funds to restore St. Vibiana's Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles, state Sen. Tom Hayden (D-Los Angeles) on Monday called on Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan to support the renovation effort. Hayden, who is challenging Riordan in the April 8 election, criticized the mayor for backing the Catholic archdiocese's plans to knock down the 121-year-old church.
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March 21, 1997 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former spiritual headquarters of Roman Catholicism in Los Angeles could be reborn as a hotel banquet hall, a music school, an ethnic museum, a senior housing complex, an international trade showroom, an office for federal immigration officials or an interfaith chapel. Those proposals for the future of the now-closed St. Vibiana's Cathedral were unveiled Thursday in a report and public exhibit by the Los Angeles Conservancy and USC's School of Architecture.
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