The Concrete Cathedral (28 images)
Celebrating the Glory of God in reinforced concrete seems counterintuitive. Reinforced concrete is for highway overpasses and military bunkers, and the Wilshire Christian Church, built from 1925-27 on the northeast corner of Wilshire and Normandie, has an underlying crudeness and brutality that cannot be hidden. The neo-Romanesque-Gothic design here is the work of architect Robert Orr, who did his best to hide the core ugliness of this massive bunker. Slap on a lot of terra cotta detailing....