the surprising sea ranch chapel

posted by the scholar on July 17th, 2007
filed under: interiors & exteriors

i passed by this place twice before i realized it was there, right next to the fire station on highway one. the strangely enchanting post-modern looking building, with a hermit-crab-like elevation, aka, the sea ranch chapel.

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it was built in 1985, and james t. hubbell, a san diego artist and architect, received an award from the aia for it. it was envisioned and funded by robert and betty buffum, a local couple, who also created an endowment for its present-day maintenance.

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hubbell’s team had a goal: to create a structure harmonious with its surroundings, by paying homage to the forest, meadow, and sky. the result is one of unique beauty.

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the chapel walls are constructed from local stone, and teak and redwood abound throughout the building.

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a graceful plaster roof crowns the interior space.

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the cedar roof is accented with copper.

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ornate metalwork is on display throughout the room.

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the focus of the garden area is a ceramic fountain with italian mosaic accents.

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stained glass windows echo the natural shapes of the sea and forest.

it is a very special find indeed.

click here for more information on the architects, and here for more chapel information.


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  1. Hubbell Open House and Studio Tour « WaldensWeb Says:

    […] see another building with this shape. Stained glass on the windows and door. Beautiful teak inside. Pics of the inside. Definitely a ‘must see’ if you’re in the area. Drafting studio. James Hubbell […]

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