Wayfarers Chapel

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The Wayfarers Chapel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Jr., is said to be home to wispy apparitions at night and a phantom giant white owl. Eerie voices are said to call visitors by name, and the apparition of an elderly Native American man has been seen tending to a ghostly garden.

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5755 Palos Verdes Dr S
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
United States

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33.743456223781855, -118.37741276618539
Los Angeles County, California
Nearest Towns:
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (0.6 mi.)
Rolling Hills, CA (1.6 mi.)
Rolling Hills Estates, CA (3.3 mi.)
Palos Verdes Estates, CA (4.0 mi.)
Lomita, CA (4.9 mi.)
San Pedro, CA (4.9 mi.)
Torrance, CA (6.7 mi.)
West Carson, CA (7.3 mi.)
Redondo Beach, CA (7.3 mi.)
Carson, CA (8.2 mi.)

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  1. 1vanishingpoint@gmail.com  |  

    I remember going to this place a lot in the 70’s when I was a teenager and still had friends that had imaginations. In fact I remember telling a bunch of my dates ghost stories about the area and this was definitely one place that I would often bring them on dates. Of course I can’t remember all of the exact details but I sure remember having a good time back then before this new reality over took the old one and things just aren’t interesting or fun for most folks anymore. And this applies especially well to the older ones which I am now part of that demographic. Even the younger ones with the advent of social media have almost all of them have had their minds hijacked in some form or other. I really wish that I could build a time machine and go back and enjoy any era other than this one. And I’m sure that there are many people out there who agree with me on that one.

  2. I’ve been to the chapel a couple of times due to its haunted legends. Myself and a group of friends went one night around 1am. Very dark and quiet. We parked about 100 feet away from the chapel and walked to the steps. Walked up the steps going to the chapel. At the top of the steps we looked to our left and we saw the giant white owl. This is real. Was about 6 feet tall. After visual contact we went back down the steps out of fear of the unknown. We gathered the courage to go back up and the owl ws gone proving to us that it wasn’t a statue of some sort. After this confrontation we walked around the chapel to see if we could find it. No luck.

  3. I drove by once, as I do these 3am drives to different locations as a sort of little paranormal excursions. This was about maybe this time last year.
    I drove by and heard this … sounded like a T-Rex and a waterpipe combined. Totally freaked me. Did a U-Turn and came back around this time with phone recording video. I got the sound on video.
    Mind you this didn’t come from the chapel, itself but rather from across the street towards the water.

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