Christ Our Savior Cathedral, Orange Building, Architect, Los Angeles Architecture Photos, Design

Christ Our Savior Cathedral Orange Architecture

New Californian Religious Building, USA design by SOM architects

Jul 21, 2010


Address: 2000 W Alton Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92704, United States
Phone: +1 714-444-1500

Christ Our Savior Cathedral Design will Feature Innovative Engineering and Extensive Community Service Facilities When Completed

Orange Cathedral – Santa Ana

ORANGE, California – Thirty-four years ago the City of Orange’s Holy Family parish and church were upgraded to Cathedral status. By Papal decree the Diocese of Orange separated from Los Angeles and came into its own.

Since that time, the goal of erecting the region’s first Roman Catholic Cathedral has remained steadfast. Today, the long-awaited Christ Our Savior Cathedral project moved one step closer to reality. Emphasizing the Cathedral’s many pastoral applications, the Most Rev. Tod D. Brown, Bishop of Orange announced the selection of Craig W. Hartman, FAIA, of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) as Lead Designer for the conceptual phase of this project.

Christ Our Savior Cathedral site plan:
Christ Our Savior Cathedral Orange
image from Diocese of Orange

The Cathedral will be situated in Santa Ana on the existing site of Christ Our Savior Cathedral parish. This parish was founded five years ago on a 15 acre parcel near the intersection of Bear St. and West MacArthur Blvd. as the future site of the Cathedral complex. According to Bishop Brown, the first phase challenge is to design a Cathedral that will reflect local cultures, community diversity and other ethnocentric factors while recognizing Roman Catholic tradition.

“With the selection of an architect we take the first of many steps towards the cherished goal of building and dedicating a new Cathedral complex. It will be Mr. Hartman’s responsibility to encapsulate the imagination of others and the practical demands of one of the nation’s most dynamic and fastest growing diocesan communities. I am grateful to our selection committee for its work in securing Mr. Hartman as our principal architect,” said Bishop Brown.

The Phase One challenge is to artfully create a new cathedral complex that will meet the present social and spiritual needs of the 1.2 million person diocesan community and to accommodate anticipated growth.  From the outset, Bishop Brown has emphasized the diocese has no interest in copying the past and will make every effort to develop a structure that respects the environment as much as it will its people.

This new facility, as the focal point of Catholicism in Orange County will embody the church’s spiritual commitment to environmental stewardship. The complex will be built to the highest standard of energy efficiency and sustainability with a planned LEED-certification (an internationally recognized green building certification). The new Cathedral, the first true diocesan cathedral in the Diocese of Orange, will serve as a visible and central pastoral campus for generations to come.  An important distinction for the new Cathedral is the long-range plan to make the complex serve ecumenical as well as parochial needs; and to become an important spiritual and cultural center for all of Orange County.

The search for an architect capable of translating the many ethnic and cultural facets represented in the Diocese of Orange, while acknowledging the historical architectural and worship traditions of Roman Catholicism, culminated with the selection of San Francisco-based Hartman, the Design Partner in SOM’s San Francisco office. Bishop Brown noted that every effort will be made to utilize local service providers, contractors and others once the construction process gets underway.

“Craig Hartman and SOM have the skill and creativity to help the diocese design a place of worship that will become a living faith environment. In ancient times – the Cathedral was the center of life for many communities and it is our hope that Christ Our Savior will reflect this ancient capacity of service and become a shining beacon of our caring faith for generations to come,” Bishop Brown concluded.

Craig W. Hartman, SOM

About Craig W. Hartman, FAIA

Educated at Ball State University and the Architectural Association in London, where he studied under Cedric Price, Hartman was recruited from school by Walter Netsch, FAIA, to join the Chicago office of SOM in 1973. He moved to SOM’s Houston office in 1982, becoming a Design Partner in 1985 at the age of 35. In 1987, he became the Design Partner of SOM’s Washington, D.C. office and ultimately joined SOM’s San Francisco office in 1990 as the Design Partner in charge of Architecture for the West Coast practice.

Hartman’s projects have been frequently featured in international publications and exhibitions. His work has been recognized with over 100 awards for design, including eight national AIA Honor Awards, multiple Gold LEED® Certifications and AIA awards for environmental sustainability at Treasure Island and the University of California, Merced. He also received a Federal Design Achievement Award in the 2000 Presidential Design Awards Program. Among his landmark projects are the International Terminal at San Francisco International Airport, the restoration and addition to the US Court of Appeals in San Francisco, the US Embassy in Beijing, the new Interdisciplinary Science and Research buildings at Harvard and Rice Universities and Christ the Light Cathedral in Oakland.

In 2001, Hartman became the youngest recipient of the Maybeck Award, an award presented periodically by the California Chapter of the AIA to an individual in recognition of “lifetime achievement in architectural design.” During the dedication ceremony for The Cathedral of Christ the Light in September 2008, the Vatican’s Knighthood for Service to Society (St. Sylvester) was bestowed upon Hartman by Pope Benedictus XVI. He was elected a Design Futures Council Senior Follow in 2009 in recognition of his significant contributions toward the understanding of changing trends, new research, and applied knowledge leading to innovative design models that improve the built environment and the human condition.


About Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the leading architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban-planning firms in the world, with a 75-year reputation for design excellence and a portfolio that includes some of the most important architectural accomplishments of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since its inception, SOM has been a leader in the research and development of specialized technologies, new processes and innovative ideas — many of which have had a palpable and lasting impact on the design profession and the physical environment.

The firm’s longstanding leadership in design and building technology has been honored with more than 1,400 awards for quality, innovation, and management. The American Institute of Architects has recognized SOM twice with its highest honor, the Architecture Firm Award—in 1962 and again in 1996. In its May 2010 issue, Architect Magazine named SOM the #1 architectural firm in its Architect 50 list. In forming its rankings, the magazine placed a premium on “ecological commitment and design quality”. The firm maintains offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dubai and Brussels.

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