Vibiana, the formal Cathedral of St Vibiana, is one of Los Angeles’ few remaining nineteenth century landmarks and was completed in 1876.
The city's first cathedral was a stunning work of architecture in a town still emerging from its pueblo origins.
Inspired by the Los Angeles bishop's childhood church in Spain, W.J. Matthews and Ezra F.Kysor modeled the cathedral's facade in the Italian Baroque style.
In 1922, Architect John C.Austin enlarged the structure and added a new facade of Indiana limestone.
St. Vibiana's Cathedral was designated a Los Angeles Cultural Monument in 1963.
Following the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the Archdiocese concluded that the structure sustained irreparable damage and would need to be replaced. After much deliberation, St. Vibiana’s was decommissioned and a new cathedral, Our Lady of the Angels, was built just a few blocks away.
In 1999, the decommissioned building was acquired by a team of adaptive reuse developers whose vision was to transform the space from a dilapidated structure into a state-of-the-art special events and performing arts venue.
Shortly thereafter, a team of architects and structural engineers began the seismic retrofit and renovation work. Great care was taken to seismically reinforce the structure while painstakingly restoring its century old historic details.
Now known simply as VIBIANA, the venue hosts a wide range of events including fashion shows, fundraisers, live entertainment, and wedding ceremonies and receptions.