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Divine Intervention at 2nd and Main

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2007, at 03:02PM
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The St. Vibiana cupola was returned to its rightful place this morning after a ceremony that crowned a eleven year effort by Los Angeles Conservancy to save the former home of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

It was back on June 1, 1996, that the cupola and the church was almost lost to demolition and through fast phone calls that day from Linda Dishman and then director Jack Rubens, a court battle began to save the church at 2nd and Main St.

It has since become a popular site for concerts, art installations, and film shoots and has become a historic anchor for the north end of Gallery Row.

The symbolism was heavy with dignitaries and media staring at the heavens as the crane lifted the crown in the air and gently laid it on the building that was once dedicated in 1876.

Before the ceremony, some of those gathered slipped underneath the suspended cupola and signed their names.

Update (Thursday): The Times today runs a nice backstory on the demolition attempt on their Opinion L.A. blog. Also in the Times is Bob Pool's story on yesterday's event.

Above: The last few feet. Below: Ceremony host, Historic Core developer and church tower benefactor Tom Gilmore

Flickr set can be found here.

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