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This chapel is a must stop in The Sea Ranch. It is a place to enjoy bliss, meditation, and listen to your inner voice. A place to be one with nature and our creator unlike many a place. It's rustic structure overly simplifies it's ornate...More
The chapel is a unique structure and is available for public viewing. It's a bit out there for my taste, I usually go for more modern, clean structures which a majority of Sea Ranch —however if you're in the area it's an easy quick stop.
We made sure to stop in here while exploring the area. This little chapel is a work of art, from the outside in. Everything looks like love and attention to detail was put in from the ceiling to floor. Truly a great place, it felt...More
Was there for a wedding this spring, and I had never seen this nondenominational chapel before. It was an architectural delight, and truly one of a kind artistic setting. Very conducive to contemplation, meditation, or prayer, or a significant event like a wedding.
The Sea Ranch Chapel is architecturally significant and beautiful. It's definitely worth a stop - although the turn-off can be difficult to see. Watch for signs for the fire station; it's just north of it.
It would be difficult to find a more unique, deceptively simple and spiritual chapel. The architecture is breathtaking. Outside the setting is rustic to extend your connection with nature. And, don’t miss the walking trail across from the parking slips.
The chapel, visited by about 4,000 people a year according to its guest book, is open from sunrise to sunset every day. It is a nonprofit, nondenominational place of worship, meditation, and celebrations, especially... More
The chapel, visited by about 4,000 people a year according to its guest book, is open from sunrise to sunset every day. It is a nonprofit, nondenominational place of worship, meditation, and celebrations, especially weddings.
In fact, there was a wedding on May 15, 2017 the day after Mother’s Day, when one of the keepers went to unlock the doors. That's when the keeper discovered horrid vandalism occurred in an effort to rob the collection box of our iconic Chapel.
Now The Sea Ranch Chapel Foundation seeks your assistance to repair this awful damage. Donations will go to repair a stained glass window smashed by vandals during a Mother’s Day break-in. When the vandal was still unable to unlock the door, it appears the rest of the elongated window was kicked in.
Built in 1985 as a gift to the public, the nondenominational chapel is all sweeping curves and irregular shapes like some kind of elf-kingdom dwelling, sitting slightly above and to the east of the highway.
Constructed of local stone, wood and other materials by craftsmen, it was designed by San Diego architect/artist James Hubbell with artisanal stained glass windows set into the structure. Wooden double-doors enhance the sense of fantasy, suggesting both angel and butterfly wings at the entrance, with ribbons and odd shapes of color that bring to mind flowers, flames and ocean waves.
San Diego stained glass artist Jeff Dalrymple has worked on one of the windows before and is collaborating with Hubbell to match the glass colors and quality in hopes of reinstalling the window in the left door by July 1.
The cost is about $3,000, well under the organization’s $5,000 insurance deductible, so the group hopes members of the public might help fund the repair.
The foundation also hopes to replace a weathered wooden sign out front that is becoming difficult to read. The estimated cost is $1,000.
Donations may be sent directly to The Sea Ranch Chapel Foundation, P.O. Box 259, The Sea Ranch, CA 95497.