Swedenborgian Church

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This small, lovingly crafted wood-and-brick chapel, officially named the Church of the New Jerusalem, is better known as the Swedenborgian Church after Swedish scientist, philosopher and religious writer Emanuel Swedenborg, whose doctrines inspire the congregation. A fine example of Arts and Crafts design and construction, the church was conceived in 1895 by the congregation's founder, the Rev. Joseph Worcester, himself an architect who enlisted the help of many talented friends. Bruce Porter sketched the design from an Italian original, while A. Page Brown served as chief architect and Bernard Maybeck as draftsman. Willis Polk designed the adjacent Parish House.Inside, a massive fireplace along the west wall warms the entrance on chilly mornings. The ceiling is supported by bark-covered branches of native California madrone. Landscape painter William Keith contributed the pastoral scenes of the California countryside along the north wall, while Porter designed the windows along the south wall to admit a view of garden trees. The solid chairs were built by hand, without nails, of maple wood and woven tule rushes from the Sacramento River delta. A giant clam shell near the altar is the baptismal font in which poet Robert Frost, among many others, was submerged and sanctified as an infant. Outside, herringbone-patterned brick walkways frame lush gardens planted with trees and shrubs from around the world.

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Address : 

2107 Lyon St. at Washington St.

Phone:

+1 415-346-6466

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