Developer restores former L.A. cathedral, converts it into event hall
The report says that following damage caused by the 1994 earthquake, the Archdiocese decided St. Viviana's cathedral wasn't worth the money to fix, despite urging of both public and Catholic pleas to keep the beautiful and historic old cathedral. Nope, said the Archdiocese, it isn't worth it and we can't afford to spend our money on that building. Instead, it was determined to build a new cathedral elsewhere.
So how has the story ended?
A developer spent $4.6 million to buy the old cathedral, and another $6 million to restore it, spending a grand total of $10.6 million dollars. Now, while we have the beautiful structure again, and that is a very good thing, it has been made into a "event venue". Here is a picture of what was:
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in its wisdom, decided to build this instead as the Cathedral and central church of the region:
At a total reported cost of between $163 and 195 million dollars.