AKA: Concordia University Irvine, Chapel, Irvine, CA

Structure Type: built works - religious structures - chapels

Designers: Charles and Braun, Mechanical Engineers (firm); Lin, T.Y., Kulka, Yang and Associates, Structural Engineers (firm); Shinn, Edward S., and Associates, Electrical Engineers (firm); Warnecke, John Carl, and Associates, Architects (firm); Braun (mechanical engineer); Charles (mechanical engineer); Paul Johansson (architect); Felix Kulka (engineer); Tung Yen Lin (structural engineer); James T. Ream (architect); Edward Shrier Shinn (electrical engineer); John Carl Warnecke Sr. (architect); Y. C. Yang (engineer)

Dates: constructed 1967

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1530 Concordia
Concordia University Irvine Campus, Irvine, CA 92612

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Built for the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod Board of Higher Education; the chapel was planned to seat 800, arranged on three sides of the main altar; the chapel won a citation in 1968 Annual Design Awards sponsored by Progressive Architecture magazine. The building as constructed was very different than the rough schematic model and plan shown in the 01/1968 issue of Progressive Architecture.

Building History

In model form, the building had four inclined rectangles serving as both roof and walls, In the final design, the building had a central altar covered by an octagonally-faceted roof, supported by exposed concrete beams.

Building Notes

Marc Feldman was the designer of the chapel's central altar.

PCAD id: 3782