AKA: Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA

Structure Type: built works - religious structures - churches

Designers: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, (SOM), San Francisco, CA (firm); Craig Hartman (architect)

Dates: constructed 2005-2008

1 story

2121 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612

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This cathedral replaced the Gothic Revival Saint Francis de Sales church destroyed in the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 10/17/1989. The earlier church was designated a cathedral when Pope John XXIII created the Diocese of Oakland in 1962. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new cathedral occurred in 2005, and blessing of the completed structure happened on 09/25/2008. Reverend Paul Minnihan of the local diocese served as the Provost of the project, collaborating with the architects, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of San Francisco, CA, and supervising budgeting and programming.

(510) 832-5057 (2011). As designed by lead architect Craig Hartman, this remarkable Roman Catholic cathedral featured a conic, 136-foot glass spire that flooded the interior with light. The church occupied a lot 2.5 acres in size and contained 250,000 square feet. Awards have been showered on the cathedral: National Honor Award for Interior Architecture, American Institute of Architects (AIA), 2010; National Honor Award for Architecture, AIA, 2009; Honor Award, AIA California Council (AIACC), 2009; Honor Award, AIA East Bay Chapter, 2009; Excellence in Architecture: Honor Award, AIA San Francisco Chapter, 2009; Annual National Award, American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), 2009; Outstanding Architectural Engineering Project of the Year, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Region 9 (California), 2009; American Society of Civil Engineers - San Francisco Section • Outstanding Architectural Engineering Project of the Year American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum, 2009; Annual National Award, British Design and Art Direction (D&AD), 2009. Design Award for Religious Architecture: Liturgical/Interior Design, Faith and Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA), 2009; Design Award for Religious Architecture: New Facilities, Faith and Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA), 2009; Wood Engineering Innovation Award, Forest Products Society, 2009; Award for Community or Residential Structures, Institution of Structural Engineers (ISE), 2009; Best of Year: Institutional Merit Award, Interior Design, 2009; Best of Competition, International Interior Design Association, 2009; Interior Design Award, International Interior Design Association, 2009; Best in Show, International Interior Design Association, Northern California Chapter, 2009; Honor Award, International Interior Design Association - Northern California Chapter, 2009; Excellence in Structural Engineering Award, National Council of Structural Engineers Association, 2009; Pro AV Spotlight Award, Pro AV Magazine (led by Shen Milsom Wilke, Incorporated), 2009; Best Community Impact: Inner East Bay, San Francisco Business Times, 2009; Best East Bay Public or Cultural Space, San Francisco Business Times, 2009; Honor Award, Society for Environmental Graphic Design, 2009; Spark Awards: Gold Award, Architecture and Interiors Category, 2009; Award of Excellence: Landmark Structures Category, Structural Engineers Association of California, 2009; Jurors' Favorite Honor Award, Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, 2009; Award of Excellence: Large Project, Landmark Structures Category, Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, 2009; California Wood Design Award: Landmark Category, WoodWorks, 2009; Outstanding Architectural DesignCalifornia Construction Magazine, 2008; Overall Top Project, California Construction Magazine, 2008; Best of the Best Award, McGraw-Hill Construction, 2008; Ten of the World's Most Beautiful Green Buildings, treehugger.com, 2008; Best Building Site of the Year, Wallpaper Magazine, 2008; Wood Design Awards: Honor Award, Wood Design and Building Magazine, 2008; Regional Architecture Award for Use of Concrete, American Concrete Institute, Northern California and Western Nevada Chapter, 2007; Unbuilt Design Award, AIA, San Francisco Chapter, 2003.

PCAD id: 16633