• 90 foot doors opening to the drive-in church 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      The doors opened the Crystal Cathedral to the drive-in congregation which preferred to worship from their cars. Here we see Dr. Schuller addressing the drive-in congregation from his pulpit.
    • A peripatetic minister 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      The use of the jumbotrons allowed Schuller to occasionally follow the then popular fashion of the minister moving about as close as possible to the congregation.
    • Chapel detail and organ 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      The chapel of the Tower of Hope also had an excellent pipe organ for worship and the sounding board under which Dr. Schuller is addressing seminary conference attendees.
    • Christian education building with waterfall 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      Schuller was well aware of the sense of life and vitality experienced through moving, splashing water.
    • Detail of Tower of Hope 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      Schuller managed to combine good architecture with a certain amount of flair as exhibited in the exterior fire escape which paralleled the flair of his ministry.
    • Hymnody 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      Left to right: Herman J. Ridder, guest, and Dr. Robert Schuller behind the pulpit during the singing of the hymns.
    • Schuller addresses interior congregation 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      With a 180 degree pivot, Dr. Schuller is able to address the congregation within the Crystal Cathedral
    • Schuller in his power of positive preaching mode 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      Schuller's grandson, Bobby, recounted on television how he was once asked if his grandfather's mannerisms were not grossly exaggerated, to which Bobby said respectully "no, he was always like that."
    • Schuller's office 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      At the top the Tower of Hope was Schuller's office, shown here hosting a group of Western Theological Seminary students attending a Schuller conference.
    • Schuller's triumph career in architecture 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      While the car in the parking lot on the left could be seen as representative of Schuller's humble beginnings, the car facing the great 90 foot doors seen outlined on the Crystal Cathedral and flanked by the Christian ...
    • The congregation filling the Crystal Cathedral 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      For years the popularity of Robert Schuller was such that he filled the Crystal Cathedral as well as maintaining an evening service.
    • The Crystal Cathedral and Prayer Spire 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      The last major structure undertaken by Schuller was the Prayer Spire added in 1990.
    • The Garden Grove Community Church by Richard Neutra, Architect, 1961 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      It was designed to allow Robert Schuller, a graduate of Western Theological Seminary, to intially preach to worshipers in 500 cars, as well as the congregants in the church.
    • The jumbotron 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      The size of the Crystal Cathedral so reduced the visual appearance of the minister that as in sporting events, the jumbotron was introduced so that everyone might have a close up view of Dr. Schuller, his associates, and guests.
    • The scripture lesson 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      Dr. Herman J. Ridder reads scripture. Note the position of the ferns and the great doors, now closed. The attractive interior was such that the drive-in church which harked back to Schuller's original fame in the drive-in ...
    • Tower of Hope 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      The success of the Schuller ministry was such that in 1968 he was able to build the 13 story Tower of Hope which contained the offices of both the onsite congregational ministry and that of the Hour of Power. The Tower of ...
    • Wall and roof construction 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      Schuller had initially told his architect, Philip Johnson, that he wanted a church filled with light. Johnson came up with a structure of glass with walls and roof supported by a minimalist tetrahedron frame.