Built in 1895 in Pacific Heights by a coterie of artists, architects and spiritual seekers, the historic Swedenborgian Church is rustic and charming in the Arts and Crafts tradition. There's a huge brick fireplace inside and, lit with candles, the interior is exceptionally beautiful and serene. Floors, walls and ceilings are wood, and the arching overhead beams are good-sized madrone tree trunks. In lieu of conventional pews, handmade Mission-style maple chairs are provided.
Many of San Francisco's most important (if not famous!) personages were once affiliated with this church, such as Robert Frost, who went to Sunday School here. The founders of the Sierra Club were all active associates, including John Muir. The Sierra Clubs legendary landscape painter, William Keith, painted four large murals that line the north wall of the sanctuary, and Phoebe Hearst (William Randolph Hearsts better half) is represented by her donation of a rare cast-iron copy of Peter Vischers 15th-century "Praying Madonna."
Adjacent to the chapel is a turn-of-the-century Craftsman house whose living, dining and garden rooms are used for receptions. In front of the house, a quiet garden with a small pool, trees, benches and flowers provides a pretty spot for gatherings.
The Swedenborgian Church offers traditional, contemporary and interfaith ceremonies, with weddings usually scheduled three hours apart. Reception space is limited, so the reception facilities are available only after the last wedding of the day on Saturday and Sunday. If you're willing to get married on a weekday there's much greater flexibility.