Looking out over the Pacific Ocean, amid a lush garden and surrounded by trees, [Wayfarers Chapel http://www.wayfarerschapel.org/] resides in Rancho Palos Verdes. Made almost entirely of glass, the chapel allows visitors to look through its walls and take in all the nature surrounding it, including the ocean view. Whether religious or not, the beauty of Wayfarers Chapel is for everyone to experience.
Completed in 1951, Wayfarers Chapel is the work of Lloyd Wright, son of pioneering architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Its attributes were inspired by the theology of the Swedenborgian Church (which it is sponsored by) that focuses on connecting God's natural world and the inner world of mind and spirit.
Wright saw the trees of the redwood forest and wanted to create a tree chapel. While it is known as the glass church, the trees surrounding the chapel are a very prominent feature and are seen through the glass, forming living walls and a roof.
It is called Wayfarers as an attribute to the travelers who could come and rest here. Originally, when there weren't freeways and easy road access, the travel to this church could take an entire day. It is still applicable today even though it is more easily accessed, since we are all travelers to get to the church. As Reverend Harvey Tafel says, we are also all travelers on the journey of life.
The chapel performs weddings, baptisms, and other services along with worship services. In addition, they have a garden and visitors center for anyone that would like to stop by and see the chapel, taking in all the beauty that resides in and around it.
Point Vicente Interpretive Center and Lighthouse
To the everyday wanderer, the Point Vicente Lighthouse provides an idyllic reference point along the Palos Verdes Peninsula. With beautiful walkways around the cliffs of Palos Verdes, the lighthouse is the perfect place to bring friends, family and even dogs (as long as they are on a leash).
The Point Vicente Lighthouse is also an important landmark for ships and pleasure craft. This station has been guiding vessels to and from the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbors since March 1926. Today it is owned and operated by the United States Coast Guard. The Point Vicente Lighthouse is open for tours on the second Saturday of each month from 10am to 3pm PST.
The Interpretive Center stands adjacent to the lighthouse along the peninsula. The original building was opened in 1984 to present the history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The now almost 10,000 square foot center re-opened in July 2006 features exhibits on the early inhabitants of Palos Verdes and the local sea life, with emphasis on the Pacific gray whale. With its prime location, the Interpretive Center is a premier whale watching site during the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale, from December through April. The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm, and park grounds are open until dusk.
Take this opportunity to see the picturesque view of a lighthouse on a cliff surrounded by palm trees with Catalina Island as a backdrop, and bring your camera!
Check their website [http://vicentelight.org/] for more information.