These photos were taken during January Schuller Institutes when Robert Schuller was at the height of his fame and popularity.

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  • 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."
  • The Prayer Spire 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    The 236 foot tower of mirror quality stainless steal was dedicated in 1990. At its base is the Mary Hood Chapel.
  • A fitting finale 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    The 52 bell carillon is named after Arvella Schuller, the pastor's wife.
  • 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 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.
  • Residential development 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    The open spaces of Orange Country rapidly surrounded the Crystal Cathedral with residential properties.
  • 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.
  • Christian education building 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    As seen from the Tower of Hope
  • Louvers 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    Seen here at the base of the church and on the walls for balconies louvers are open to admit cool air, while louvers to exit warm air are at the very apex of the church above the liturgical area.
  • Louvers as seen from the exterior 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
  • Further louver perspective 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
  • Louvers for temperature control 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    As initially designed for the California climate, louvers throughout the church take advantage of the fact that warm air rises, thus, allowing cool air in at the base of the church while exiting warm air from the highest point.
  • Automatic sensor control 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    Sensors in a themostick system offer control for heating, cooling, light, and fire protection.
  • Ceiling/roof seen from the "north" star point 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    In this case the width is longer than the depth of the nave.
  • Ceiling/roof 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    The high tensile steel tetrahedron frame is able to span the great width of the church.
  • Detail of walls joined with ceiling/roof 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
  • 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.
  • After worship 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    In the right lower middle range, note the photographers still at work for the Hour of Power.
  • 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.
  • En chamade reed pipes 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)

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