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South Bay Guide: Wayfarers Chapel

Sanctuary by the Sea

Sculpted grounds and a tree-anked glass chapel oer a peaceful site to stop, breathe and dream.

 

WRITTEN BY CONSTANCE DUNN  |  ILLUSTRATION BY JAY BROCKMAN

 

A modest wood sign set along Palos Verdes Drive announces this tucked-away ode to nature, envisioned in the 1920s by local Swedenborgian Church member Elizabeth Schellenberg as a place where travelers could stop for spiritual refreshment.

Gently shaded by an umbrella of slender Italian Stone Pine trees and sturdy Coastal Redwoods, the glass chapel is an inspiring place of respite for anyone who wishes it. Afterwards, your mind refreshed, stroll the tidy flower garden, teeming with lavender and bright roses, or sit on a shaded bench and ponder the ocean.

Completed in 1949 by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank, Wayfarers Chapel is sponsored by the Swedenborgian Church and dedicated to its 18th-century founder, Emanuel Swedenborg. The chapel and grounds are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., though it’s best to plan your visit during odd hours, such as 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and so on, since weddings are booked on even hours, and the chapel is home to approximately 700 of them each year.

Wayfarers Chapel

5755 Palos Verde Drive South
Rancho Palos Verde, CA 90275
310.377.1650
WayfarersChapel.org

City Guide: Exquisite at Age 89

Point Vicente Lighthouse

 

 

An arresting vision sits along a postcard stretch of Palos Verdes Drive

Recognizing that a lone buoy wasn’t adequately warding ships off Palos Verdes Peninsula, in 1926 the U.S. government constructed Point Vicente Lighthouse. Since then, the South Bay landmark has been visited by the likes of Lana Turner in 1941 and featured in films such as 2001’s Pearl Harbor.

Taking a shine to the lighthouse is easy. Linger in the adjacent grassy park for a closer look, or stop by the second Saturday of each month to climb to the top, where you’ll find an 1886 Fresnel Lens shooting light across a 20-plus mile span of blue Pacific. Brilliant.

31550 Palos Verdes Drive West,  Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90274

310.541.0334

PalosVerdes.com/PVLight