YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 15. ARMINFO. Hopes are high for building an Armenian cathedral able to accommodate 600 worshippers across from Woodbury University, where an Armenian diocese has been headquartered since 1997. The Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America was based at a cathedral in Hollywood until the 1994 Northridge Earthquake damaged the building. The diocese took up temporary headquarters in Pasadena before moving to Burbank.
According to Los Angeles Daily News, the cathedral is expected to cost more than $6 million to build. About $2 million has been pledged, fund raising is ongoing and the diocese hopes to begin construction within the year, said Toluca Lake resident Armen Hampar, 72, who chairs the building committee. The project is called Mother Cathedral, although the building is expected to have a different name once consecrated. It would have an interior of roughly 10,000 square feet and would be built in a traditional Armenian architectural style.