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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Filming the congregation 

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

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      In its heyday the Crystal Cathedral appealed to a broad range of congregants and visitors.
    • 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 ...
    • A congregant 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    • Entries to Crystal Cathedral 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      Interior of one of the entrances at one of the "star points" of the Crystal Cathedral.
    • 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.
    • En chamade reed pipes 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    • Music before the installation of the organ 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      With plants and bamboo "pipes" as a promise of things to come, the Crystal Cathedral here used mass choirs and marimbas and kettle drums for musical displays.
    • 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
    • Hymnody 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      Note the camera man behind the ferns photographing the congregation joining the choir in hymnody.
    • 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 ...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 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.