11. Wayfarers Chapel – Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Wayfarers Chapel, about 45 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, is the perfect combination of nature and architectural genius.
Designed by Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd Wright, the “tree chapel” was made to be a natural sanctuary encased in glass with views of the surrounding forest and the nearby Pacific Ocean.
These are typical traits of Organic Architecture, which aims at using nature as the framework and regards the space inside as sacred. Wright also designed the surrounding Chapel Gardens, home to Redwood trees and roses that bloom all year round.
Completed in 1951, the Wayfarers Chapel was built along the Palos Verdes peninsula so that travelers could rest and give thanks to God for the beauty around them. People of all religious backgrounds are welcomed to take advantage of the beautiful natural setting – evening weddings are celebrated inside the glass chapel lit only by candlelight.
Services are held Sundays at 10 a.m.