Pillar of Pepperdine

April 24, 2017  | 1 min read



The monumental cross that warmly greets Pepperdine community members, friends, and guests alike is called the Phillips Theme Tower, a structure that captures the University’s fervent spiritual focus present throughout the Malibu campus.

Theme Tower - Pepperdine MagazineThe vast tower is also an illustrious landmark abundant with rich institutional history and little-known fun facts shared here.

Construction of the tower was completed in 1973

The light inside the cross has been lit only twice in 44 years

The cross is 125 feet high and 345 feet above sea level

Its location is two miles from the Pacific Ocean

It was designed by famed architect William Pereira

It was a gift from the B. D. Phillips Foundation

It is programmed to chime 10,000 times a year

The structure took over 2,000 hours to complete