Originally designed to be cutting-edge in 1961 by Richard Neutra, the 22,000-square-foot building required both aesthetic and technological updates. The Arboretum is part of the 34-acre campus of the Christ Cathedral, located in the heart of Orange County in Garden Grove, California. LPA partnered with the Diocese of Orange and the Christ Catholic Cathedral Corporation to revitalize the aging facility. LPA applied design decisions appropriately to achieve a balance between the needs of the church and the preservationist's desire for flawless preservation.

The historical renovation of Richard Neutra's Arboretum was designed to fully rehabilitate the facility to its original period of significance. Work included a voluntary seismic upgrade, installation of under-floor air conditioning, dual glazed windows, new LED lighting, new finishes and new liturgy.

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  • Completed in 2013
  • Garden Grove, CA
  • 22,000-square-foot building
  • ENR California Best Projects winner
  • DOCOMOMO award winner
  • AIA Orange County award winner


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