Wayfarers Chapel

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Wayfarers Chapel
"The Glass Church"
Location5755 Palos Verdes Drive South
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
CountryUnited States
Functional statusActive
Heritage designationNational Historic Landmark
Minister(s)Rev. David Brown
(Director of Ministry)
Wayfarers Chapel
Wayfarers Chapel is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Wayfarers Chapel
Location5755 Palos Verdes Dr. S
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Coordinates33°44′37.1″N 118°22′39.9″W / 33.743639°N 118.377750°W / 33.743639; -118.377750Coordinates: 33°44′37.1″N 118°22′39.9″W / 33.743639°N 118.377750°W / 33.743639; -118.377750
NRHP reference No.05000210
Added to NRHPJuly 11, 2005

Wayfarers Chapel, also known as "The Glass Church" is located in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. It is noted for its unique organic architecture and location on cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. It is part of the Swedenborgian Church of North America and serves as a memorial to the 18th century scientist and theosopher, Emanuel Swedenborg.


The church was designed by Lloyd Wright (son of Frank Lloyd Wright) in the late 1940s and was built between 1949 and 1951. Wright departed from the tradition of using masonry in order to "achieve a delicate enclosure that allows the surrounding landscape to define the sacred space".[1] Additions were built in later years, including a tower and a visitor center, the latter of which had been lost in a landslide during the 1960s.[2]

Architecture and design[edit]

As with many of Wright's buildings, the chapel features geometric designs and incorporates the natural landscape into the design. The Wayfarers Chapel is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Because of its scenic location, the church is very popular for weddings.

In popular culture[edit]

The church was featured in the Fox teen drama television series The O.C., as the site of weddings and funerals. It was also featured briefly on the American science fiction television series Sliders,[3] and in an episode of The Rockford Files (2 Into 5.56 Won't Go). In addition, the chapel was part of the final marriage scene in Innerspace, an episode in season four of 90210. The chapel was featured in one of the final scenes in the 2014 movie Endless Love, as well as being featured in the ABC television series Revenge. It was featured in The Rockford Files season 2 episode 10. Marina and the Diamond's Baby music video's wedding scene was filmed at the chapel, and The CW show, Lucifer. Pentatonix's video for the song Amazing Grace was filmed at the chapel.

Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay were married there in 1958.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Solomon, Nancy B., ed. (2008). Architecture: Celebrating the Past, Designing the Future. Visual Reference Publications Inc. p. 324. ISBN 9781584711629.
  2. ^ "Wayfarer's Chapel to Rebuild Visitors Center". Los Angeles Times. February 11, 1998.
  3. ^ The O. C. Filming Locations

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