Church of the Open Word Garden Chapel, St. Louis, MO

1040 Dautel Lane
St. Louis, Missouri 63146
(314) 872-7124

The Garden Chapel Architecture

"The Lord said, 'Let the people build me a sanctuary that I may dwell in their midst. According to all that I show you about the pattern of the Tabernacle, so shall you build it'. " -Exodus 25:8

The Garden Chapel, designed and built in 1957, was inspired by the famous Wayfarers Chapel, a glass church perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Our programs, architecture, gardens and nature trails express the harmony between the natural world and the inner world of spirit. The chapel or grounds are open daily for prayer and meditation. There are also nature and meditation trails for inviting walks into the surrounding woods with benches available for your enjoyment.

The primary purpose of our church is to help you discover the sacred within the ordinary. Every aspect of our Garden Chapel's design and architecture reflect this vision of our faith. 

A transparent glass repository creates an altar that is open to the sky and garden, as a reminder that all worship looks beyond itself.  The great roof beams and pillars direct your attention upward, towards something greater than yourself. Natural stone floors provide the foundation from which the Word is read, the sermon is preached, and prayer is led.


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