• 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
    • 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 great organ 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      The core of the organ was the Aeolian Skinner pipe organ, originally built in 1962 for Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall (David Geffen Hall). It was augmented by the Ruffatti organ originally installed in the church's ...
    • 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.
    • Crystal Cathedral Interior 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      The incredible span of Philip Johnson's space frame is here apparent. The entire interior is spanned without a single interior column or exterior buttress. Everything, walls and ceiling roof, are all dependent upon the ...
    • 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.
    • Crystal doves hovering over the liturgical center 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      One of the happier fundraising devices was accepting donations for the crystal doves for the church room.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • The congregation in a balcony 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    • Props for the nativity tableau 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      One of the most popular presentations was the Christmas nativity, which included not only Mary, Joseph, and animals but also living, flying angels.
    • Water of Crystal Cathedral 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      Schuller also made fine use of water in his buildings. Here fountains play immediately adjacent to the Crystal Cathedral as worshipers enter. From ancient times, Christianity has associated water with God's creation, with ...
    • Music as the focal point of worship 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      The living water of the fountain seems to have given way to having given life to green foliage. Also note the camera man getting close ups of the members of the orchestra.
    • Crystal Cathedral viewed from one of the star points 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      The Crystal Cathedral could seat three thousand worshipers who could gain entrance and egress from multiple entrances/exits. Here the new worship space is shown in relationship to the earlier Tower of Hope.
    • The interior of the Crystal Cathedral 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      While taken before the installation of the organ pipes, this view of the entire Crystal Cathedral taken form one of the points of the star shaped church, illustrates the three balcony areas in which portions of the organ ...
    • Neutra church room detail 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      The esthetic ambiance of the Neutra building was increased by one side being parallel by a pool.
    • 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.
    • Living water 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      Never one to neglect an opportunity to multiply an effect, here the action and sound of the living water is coupled with the growth and life given to the ferns by the water.
    • En chamade reed pipes 

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