by Barb B
Napa, CA and Hereford, AZ , Arizona
October 26, 2000
Here, on the East side of Shoreline Highway 1 at milepost 56 is the Sea Ranch Chapel, an inspiring exhibit of extraordinary natural art presented in wood, metal, stone, glass and sculpture. The California Council of the American Institute of Architects awarded Mr. James Hubbell the 1985 Award for Excellence for his superb work on the Sea Ranch Chapel. Amid these awesome natural surroundings, this non-denominational chapel was dedicated on December 8, 1985 simply, "To a young man, artist and naturalist."
Echoing the nearby windswept tree, the chapel roof is cedar, accented with copper and crowned with a bronze spire. Polished teakwood doors complement the native redwoods, and local stone is used in the surrounding walls. The flagstone paving is from Arizona; and a ceramic fountain with Italian mosaic accents confirms the blending of art and purpose expressed in this structure.
Stained glass windows invite the outdoor landscape to join the subdued lighting from the incredibly beautiful chandelier above the prayer desk. A simple chapel with only one pew, a needlepoint covered kneeling cushion and a modest wooden prayer desk. A measure of peace is found in this quiet place for reflection and spiritual renewal.
The Chapel is maintained by the Sea Ranch Chapel Foundation, a nonprofit organization and is open daily.
From journal California's Mendocino Coast