Immaculata Church is one of the most iconic buildings in San Diego; for a contractor, it is a gift to be able to help bring such a vision to life and incorporate the breadth of innovations required to create such an icon.
Beginning with a dominant Spanish styling for its exterior and climbing to the mosaic dome and red Cordova tile roof, the structure is stunning. Key elements include:
• The church is cruciform in shape. It is 200 feet in length and 148 feet in width through the transept.
• The bell tower is topped by a 300-pound cross, which is the highest point of the church. Its height, measuring from the ground to the top of the cross, is 167 feet.
• The statue of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception stands atop the dome, 10 feet 8 inches high and weighing 8,500 pounds.
• The door at the front entrance to the church is built of solid bronze.
• Inside the church, there are 20 side chapels. The Stations of the Cross, which are located above the chapels, were imported from Italy. The hand-carved crucifix on the north wall of the church was constructed in Oberammergau, Germany.
• The barrel-vaulted ceiling is 50 feet high through the nave and transept areas, increasing the total height to 105 feet atop the sanctuary dome.
• Throughout the church, a mixture of marble and marble aggregate was used for the pillars and floor. The main altar is one slab of marble. Its construction offers the priest the option of facing in either direction.
• The seating capacity of the church is approximately 900.
Catholic Dioscese of San Diego
The Immaculata Church