Cathedral of Tomorrow
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The Cathedral of Tomorrow was built in 1958 as home to Rex Humbard's ministry. The Cathedral, a round building with the sanctuary in the middle and classrooms and offices around the edges, located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, seats 5,400. It has a domed roof with a large illuminated cross that hangs from the ceiling. The cross weighs 32 tons (to give the domed roof greater architectural strength during wind storms) and is illuminated with 4,700 lights which can change colors. It is one of the largest interior crosses in the world. When the cathedral was built it was the largest permanently domed building in the world without interior pillar support. This gives the audience greater visibility toward the stage.
Humbard began to build a rotating tower restaurant, similar to Calgary Tower, at his Cathedral of Tomorrow complex, which was also slated to hold a transmission tower for his planned local TV station, WCOT-TV (Channel 55; the license was later used by current day CW affiliate WBNX-TV). After the concrete for the tower was poured, though, construction stopped. Neighbors filed lawsuits and Northampton Township, the community governing the Cathedral complex at that time, said that there were no provisions for water and sewer service for the tower. The actual reason for the end of construction is still an open issue. In 1989 local grocer and lone bidder Mike Krieger bid $30,000 to win the auction at a sheriff's sale held to raise money to pay toward debts owed to the tower's builder. Today it is used as a cellular phone tower.
After Humbard moved his ministry to Florida in the 1980s, the Cathedral of Tomorrow continued with dwindling attendance as a local church with a series of independent pastors which had increasingly fewer ties with the Humbard family. However, Rex Humbard would continue to guest speak on occasion.
In 1994, the Cathedral was sold to the Reverend Ernest Angley's ministry, and was rededicated as Grace Cathedral, the name of Angley's previous house of worship. It's adjacent to an office complex that contains a diorama museum called 'The Life Of Christ' which was a lifelong sculpture work by artist Paul Cunningham, and a very popular family style restaurant called the 'Cathedral Buffet'.
Angley also purchased the Cathedral of Tomorrow's television studio facilities in the mid-1980s, which are used to produce his own television programs and house the offices of WBNX-TV, the Cathedral Buffet restaurant as well as other leased office space.
- Haferd, Laura (1981-01-09). "AS TOWER GOES UP, FINANCES UNRAVEL TROUBLE NIPS AT NEW EMPIRE". Akron Beacon Journal. pp. A1. "But with the concrete poured, the project stalled. There were lawsuits filed by neighbors and radio station WSLR. The country music station said the tower would interfere with its signal. The suit was dismissed that December."
- "Humbard's Tower Sold for $30,000". Cleveland Plain Dealer. 1989-12-09. pp. Section 1–C. "Mike Krieger, a local wholesale and retail grocer, said he did not plan to change the concrete structure... In April 1988, a Summit County judge ruled that the (Rex Humbard) foundation should pay the money owed to Pullman Power. The company in turn asked that the tower be sold so it could collect."