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Construction of The Sea Ranch Chapel:

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The Sea Ranch non-denominational Chapel, designed by artist James Hubbel.  2006. The Sea Ranch non-denominational Chapel, designed by artist James Hubbell. 2006. View Image
Soundings article (Spring 1984 issue) describing the background for the development and building of the Sea Ranch Chapel. Soundings article (Spring 1984 issue) describing the background for the development and building of The Sea Ranch Chapel. View Image
Beginning of construction, using a ceramic and wood model.  Blueprints were not used, only a couple of sheets of engineering drawings. Beginning of construction, using a ceramic and wood model. Blueprints were not used, only a couple of sheets of engineering drawings. View Image
Sea Ranch Chapel walls rise; building the chapel through a "shared dialog" with the designer. Sea Ranch Chapel walls rise; building the chapel through a "shared dialog" with the designer. View Image
Concrete-filled walls were built on top of a 6 inch slab of concrete, and topped with redwood curved sill plates. Concrete-filled walls were built on top of a 6 inch slab of concrete, and topped with redwood curved sill plates. View Image
Roof framing begins, an intersecting series of posts and beams, with rafters hung off of the main ridge beam. Roof framing begins, an intersecting series of posts and beams, with rafters hung off of the main ridge beam. View Image
Roof sheathing went on top of outrigger rafters that were raised and lowered as needed to match the curves of the model. Roof sheathing went on top of outrigger rafters that were raised and lowered as needed to match the curves of the model. View Image
It took patience to make those surfaces smooth curves. Chain sawing and planing were used to achieve the desired shapes! It took patience to make those surfaces smooth curves. Chain sawing and planing were used to achieve the desired shapes! View Image
There are four major planes to the roof, each with its own undulating surface. There are four major planes to the roof, each with its own undulating surface. View Image
The construction crew included custom-builder Thamby Kumaran, Timothy Carpenter, and Bruce Johnson.  Bruce was also a sculptor. The construction crew included custom-builder Thamby Kumaran, Timothy Carpenter, and Bruce Johnson. Bruce is also a sculptor. View Image
consists of green clearheart 2x4s milled diagonally into beveled shapes. The siding consists of green clearheart 2x4s milled diagonally into beveled shapes. View Image
Thick layers of cedar shingles became the finish roof and covered a monolithic membrane. Thick layers of cedar shingles became the finish roof and covered a monolithic membrane. View Image
The roof edge where it merges with the siding was covered with 16-oz. copper sheeting, shaped with hammers, & wooden punches. The roof edge where it merges with the siding was covered with 16-oz. copper sheeting, shaped with hammers, and wooden punches. View Image
Framed by rock and redwood, the teak and leaded glass entry doors are sheltered by a copper canopy. Designer Hubbell received a Special Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship from the Calif. Council of the American Institute of Architects. Framed by rock and redwood, the teak and leaded glass entry doors are sheltered by a copper canopy. Designer Hubbell received a Special Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship from the California Council of the American Institute of Architects. View Image
A curving patio paved with Arizona flagstone leads from the parking lot to the entry. A curving patio paved with Arizona flagstone leads from the parking lot to the entry. View Image
The final step was to cover the block walls with extensive rock work, placed with the same care as each wooden element. The final step was to cover the block walls with extensive rock work, placed with the same care as each wooden element. View Image
This flyer, available to visitors of the chapel, describes the chapel, its purpose, its designer, and the foundation that cares for the chapel. Flyer
This flyer, available to visitors of the chapel, describes the chapel, its purpose, its designer, and the foundation that cares for the chapel.
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The dedication of the Chapel after two years of construction on 12/8/1986, is described in this article from Soundings, Winter, 1986. The dedication of the chapel on 12/8/1986, after two years of construction, is described in this article from Soundings, Winter, 1986. View Image
An early version of a policy document on public access to the chapel. An early version of a policy document on public access to the chapel. View Image