Rex’s Erection

Rex’s Erection is what’s left of a big plan by the recently deceased Rex Humbard. Rex was a well known televangelist who once resided and practice his craft in the Cuyahoga Falls area. He had a television show and a Cathedral that was called the Cathedral of Tomorrow. The Cathedral sits 5,400 people and was where the show was filmed. He is known for having one of the first weekly televangelist shows.

Over time Rex’s show grew very big, and he eventually decided to expand in to other areas including the tower.

The tower was build in the late 60s and was going to be a rotating restaurant. So why was the tower abandoned and what happened to Rex?

Well, after Rex began to build a rotating tower restaurant at his Cathedral of Tomorrow complex, it was also slated to hold a transmission tower for his TV station. He was given the opportunity to go on more radio stations throughout South America to spread Christianity. When this happened construction on the restaurant tower ceased and you can see what is left of it today.

Today, the tower looms over the Cuyahoga Falls area housing cell phone equipment and other communications equipment.  There was a fence all around it and because I was short on time I didn’t try to access the inside.

The rest of Rex’s complex has been run by the Ernest Angley Ministry since the 1990’s.


Birds Eye photo from Live Search Maps.

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10 thoughts on “Rex’s Erection

  • October 21, 2010 at 2:54 PM
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    Correction: The tower was never owned or used by Channel 55 TV. Humbard sold it to Mike Kreiger and he and his daughter lease it to cell phone companies. Channel 55 TV has their TV antenna/tower in Parma, Oh and it’s the tallest TV tower in Northeast Ohio.

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    • April 3, 2011 at 6:59 PM
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      OK, thanks for the correction. It has been fixed above.

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  • November 9, 2010 at 12:34 AM
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    Hmmmm Cathedral buffet

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  • September 6, 2011 at 1:10 PM
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    I almost lost my right eye when my mom had a car accident at the cathedral of tomorrow exiting the parking lot. I have vision of that accident after 51 years. Rex was 51 when the tower was first started.

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  • November 5, 2011 at 11:56 PM
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    I cannot believe that awful eyesore has never been torn down!!! Every time I visit Cuyahoga Falls from out of stat I gag, the City must not care about there image, how ghastly!!!!!

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  • February 15, 2012 at 11:29 PM
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    I used to work at the Cathedral Buffett in the early 80’s been inside a few times. Awesome sight it was looking up that large cement tube!

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  • December 24, 2012 at 2:23 AM
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    i grew up in tallmadge, with most of my family living in cuyahoga falls but i’m familiar with the site. anyways, the tower is basically completed. however, what i heard was, due to a design flaw…they built the whole thing before realizing that it didn’t actually meet requirements to have people in it and not tip over. it is one of the strangest sites i’ve seen anywhere and i’ve traveled quite a bit. like a weird soviet russian monument!

    also, they don’t tear it down because it would be too expensive to tear down. cheaper to keep it as a cell phone tower. as for the person that gags at the site of it, they’ve already torn down the plaza across from it. i think i’d be a little sad to see it go. also, my mom calls it “sexy rexy’s erection.”

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  • September 21, 2014 at 3:01 PM
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    Maybe some of you could comment on the IRA ruling on Humbard and his Cathedral of Shame? (my take.) He claimed that the Buffet was part of the church, but it was open to the public—basically it was a church Ponderosa restaurant. Humbard’s operation got in trouble with the Canadian authorities because Canadians were being contacted repeatedly and given coercive calls and letters saying that the U.S. government was trying to shut Humbard down and the people (who made the mistake of calling the number on the TV screen), “must make a donation immediately to save the church!” I got that information from a former worker in Humbard’s call center. The revolving restaurant thing was a pathetic disaster from the beginning. Hopkins Airport officials told the FAA that it was going to be too high and a danger to planes landing and taking off. Humbard used his money / political influence to get past the complaints. As I remember, Humbard started out in a tent in Canton, Ohio. When the IRS finally came down on him and his “church”, he was a mega-millionaire and got to keep most of it. He “retired” to Florida and a mansion. I also read that he had a private plane and a large yacht. The Bible says that “the love of money is the root of all evil.” Humabrd and lots of other “televangelists” and “mega-church” types prove that TRUTH all the time.

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    • September 21, 2014 at 3:03 PM
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      Should be: Humbard and lots of other “televangelists” and “mega-church” types prove that TRUTH all the time.

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  • October 4, 2014 at 2:12 PM
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    My late very close friend, Tom Gray, worked for Hydracrete and he pumped concrete to help build the tower. Much skill and expertise went into building it.

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