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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1996
Bravo to the seven Catholic Workers for climbing to St. Vibiana's tower and presenting this great teaching moment on June 17 for the Catholic Church! I only hope it wasn't lost on our shepherd, the cardinal. Your Eminence, please save or redirect the $45 million for the true parishioners, the poor, and use St. Vincent's Church, a mile or two away, for the cathedral. It was originally hoped to be used for this purpose by the donors, the Dohenys, and is a beautiful church where I first served Mass in the '30s.
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October 16, 2007 | Emili Vesilind, Times Staff Writer
If you doubted that fashion has a bigger presence in L.A. than it has had in years, consider the last few days. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa turned up for a series of runway shows at the spectacular new downtown venue, the former St. Vibiana's Cathedral -- and had to take a seat in the second row. Gen Art, the showcase for young talent, marked its 10th anniversary in L.A. with a massive production at the Petersen Automotive Museum. At a fashion week kickoff dinner at Mr.
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August 16, 2002 | JEANNINE STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
St. Vibiana's sits at the corner of 2nd and Main streets like an old dowager who's given up on appearances. Chunks of fallen plaster expose the brick underneath. Paint peels in great curls, and where magnificent stained-glass windows once hung, gaping holes are messily covered with plywood and plastic. Its surrounding buildings are in varied degrees of disrepair.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2005 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
The altar that held the prayers, hopes and dreams of Angelenos for more than 100 years is gone. So, too, are the pews that seated city pioneers, laborers, business executives and even a president. But the vaulted ceiling, with its Corinthian-style columns -- painted to look like marble -- has been retrofitted and restored. Ornate stencils line the building. After being closed for years, the carved wooden doors of Los Angeles' original cathedral are again open.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 1996 | NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF, TIMES ARCHITECTURE CRITIC
Dusted with crumbling brick, overgrown with weeds, the Cathedral of St. Vibiana barely recalls its former luster. Once the seat of Los Angeles' Roman Catholic archdiocese, it is now a ruined hollow mass, scarred by the 1994 Northridge earthquake. To some, the cathedral is a tearful symbol of Los Angeles' peculiar disregard for its own heritage.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 1987
Imagine the rabbi from Nazareth, in whose name John Paul II claims to work, stumbling upon one of the meals prepared for the Pope ("Dining Out With Il Papa ," by Ruth Reichl, Sept. 13). The Pope and his guests might feel as uncomfortable as the moneychangers in the ancient temple, and the plates might be sent to the hungry on the streets outside St. Vibiana's. BARBARA, RALPH GOLDSTEIN Altadena
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2001
It is interesting to note that Cardinal Roger Mahony prefers historic architecture when it is someone else's ("Mahony Bid for Bell Hits Sour Note With Some," July 15). After his callous disregard for the history, meaning and importance of St. Vibiana's to the Los Angeles community, his egotistical insistence on building a new church that hulks with all the charm of a backward bunker and his repeated disregard for the political and economic plight of his flock, am I to understand he wants a disadvantaged congregation to donate one of the prime artifacts from its church to grace his campanile?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1992
I wish to thank the citizens of Los Angeles who supported and tolerated our National Guard presence in Los Angeles. Special thanks to Caltrans, which loaned us its parking lot, Parker Center and St. Vibiana for their shower facilities, the New Otani Hotel for its dining facilities, and the Salvation Army in providing 24-hour-a-day services, which became a great morale booster. As citizen-soldiers, our lives and families were also disturbed, students lost out on exams, others workdays, and many of us were also concerned about our family's welfare while we were doing our duty.
OPINION
September 13, 1987
What a shame! Arizona State University hides its sun-devil mascot "from papal view"! I share The Times hesitancy (Editorial, Aug. 27) to believe that Pope John Paul II might be offended by the playful imp. The truth of the matter is, Sparky would have made His Holiness feel right at home! Impish, roguish, grotesque little devils--some of them eating the heads of little children--adorn most of the cathedrals of Europe--including the Pope's own St. Peter's. The devils are called gargoyles and they form the spouts of the cathedral's roof gutters, ready to spew out rain water over the land.
OPINION
November 24, 1996
The Los Angeles Conservancy's announcement that it will fund a study of possible new uses for St. Vibiana's Cathedral not only follows through on a conservancy pledge but offers the Civic Center's ragged northeastern edge a bit of hope. Last summer, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony announced the archdiocese plans to erect a new cathedral at the northwestern end of downtown, an important addition for the Civic Center. The cardinal wants to raze St.
HOME & GARDEN
September 18, 2003 | Marjorie Gellhorn Sa'adah
A man knocks on the door of the old cathedral and asks where the church went. He is looking for a copy of his daughter's baptismal certificate. I draw a map in the air of how to get to the new cathedral, and he says "gracias" and walks away in that direction. Inside the nearly 130-year-old, deconsecrated St. Vibiana's Cathedral, the baptismal certificates and everything else Catholic have long been carted away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2003 | Akilah Johnson, Times Staff Writer
Caltrans improperly removed a row of mature ficus trees along a block of 2nd Street in downtown Los Angeles last week to the dismay of city officials and the developer of a new arts center in the area. A private crew hired by Caltrans cut down the four trees even though the city had not given the agency a permit. The trees were cut down in conjunction with construction of Caltrans' district headquarters, which is being built along Los Angeles Street between 1st and 2nd streets.
NEWS
August 16, 2002 | JEANNINE STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
St. Vibiana's sits at the corner of 2nd and Main streets like an old dowager who's given up on appearances. Chunks of fallen plaster expose the brick underneath. Paint peels in great curls, and where magnificent stained-glass windows once hung, gaping holes are messily covered with plywood and plastic. Its surrounding buildings are in varied degrees of disrepair.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2002 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An out-of-place object becomes an accidental piece of public art in the parking lot of downtown's defunct St. Vibiana's Roman Catholic Church. The cream-colored cupola that stood atop the church's bell tower for more than 100 years now lies sideways on the pavement, as if someone ripped the top off a wedding cake and dashed it to the ground. Next to the cupola is the church cross, also resting on its side.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2001
It is interesting to note that Cardinal Roger Mahony prefers historic architecture when it is someone else's ("Mahony Bid for Bell Hits Sour Note With Some," July 15). After his callous disregard for the history, meaning and importance of St. Vibiana's to the Los Angeles community, his egotistical insistence on building a new church that hulks with all the charm of a backward bunker and his repeated disregard for the political and economic plight of his flock, am I to understand he wants a disadvantaged congregation to donate one of the prime artifacts from its church to grace his campanile?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2000 | MARGARET RAMIREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Outside St. Vibiana's Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles, faded graffiti mars the facade of the old church and darkens the spirit. A homeless man lies on the sidewalk sound asleep. His head is buried against the crumbling church walls, and he is oblivious to the holy place where he is resting. From inside the abandoned building comes the staccato rhythm of sewing machines mixing musically with the whispers of six women at prayer. For more than a century, St.
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