A local San Francisco icon, Grace Cathedral (1100 California St., 415/749-6300, www.gracecathedral.org, Mon.–Fri. 7 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.–7 p.m.) is many things to many people. The French-Gothic-style edifice, completed in 1964, attracts architecture and beaux-arts lovers by the thousands with its facade, stained glass, and furnishings.
The labyrinths—replicas of the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France—appeal to meditative walkers seeking spiritual solace. Concerts featuring world music, sacred music, and modern classical ensembles draw audiences from around the Bay and farther afield.
But most of all, Grace Cathedral opens its doors to the community as a vibrant, active Episcopal church. The doctrine of exploration and tolerance matches well with the San Francisco community of which the church remains an important part.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition