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Construction of The Sea Ranch Chapel:

Sea Ranch Chapel

Donated by Betty and Robert Buffum and designed by James Hubbell, The Sea Ranch Chapel was dedicated on December 8, 1985. The non-denominational Sea Ranch Chapel offers sanctuary for prayer, meditation and spiritual renewal. Its beauty is a tribute to the coastal artisans who crafted it without plans from a model and sketches. The chapel features a cedar roof accented with copper and a bronze spire. Handcrafted teak doors complement the native redwood.

Thamby Kumara, a specialist in hand-crafted homes, was the contractor, assisted by Bruce Johnson, a wood sculptor and builder from Timber Cove. Tim Carpenter (from The Sea Ranch) and Tim McMurtry (Point Arena) were carpenters on the project. Additional craftsmen were Will Cooper of Cazadero, Dennis Roderick of Philo, and Gordon Smith of Annapolis. George Wickstead was the landscape architect, and Don Jacobs the coordinating architect.

Note: Source for some photo descriptions is "The Sea Ranch Chapel," by Tim Carpenter, Fine Homebuilding, #64, Dec. 1990.

The Sea Ranch Chapel construction crew

Chapel Instructions Chapel Instructions
The Sea Ranch Chapel
Construction Crew