About the Chapel

About the Chapel

Photograph by Craig Tooley

Fountain & Ceanothus
Fountain & Ceanothus

Open daily to the public, 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset. The grounds surrounding the chapel as well as the structure itself were the gifts of Sea Ranch residents, Robert and Betty Buffum. Upon completion in December of 1985, the chapel was dedicated in memory of Kirk Ditzler, a navy aviator, zoologist, and artist.

The Sea Ranch Chapel Foundation was implemented for the continued maintenance and care of the chapel and grounds. Pat and Lyle Ditzler, longtime Sea Ranch residents and dear friends of the Buffums were intimately involved in the joyous design of the chapel.

James Hubbell, artist and architectural designer, is the creative genius who combined local natural materials with gifted local contractors, craftsmen, and artisans. The chapel is protected by a carefully designed native habitat that is the product of several talented landscape planners. It is maintained by guardian volunteers of the chapel.

Chapel Interior


The Chapel Landscape


Construction of the Chapel


Builders & Contributors

Builders &