Thorncrown Chapel (1980)
E. Fay Jones, Architect
12968 U.S. 62 Eureka Springs, AR
Visited April 29, 2013
A Masterpiece. This building received the AIA’s 25 year Award, and is a truly spiritual place. Nestled in the Ozark Mountains outside Eureka Springs, this proud tall structure is exquisitely detailed, even though it is constructed mostly of 2×4’s and other common stock lumber. Although quite small in size, the proportions of the structure and view of the forest all around provides an experience that rivals some of the grand cathedrals – a pure, calm, reflective experience that was both relaxing and exhilarating at the same time..if that makes sense. It is one of those experiences that is hard to put into words. Just sitting there and watching the hawks or eagles ( I am not a ornithologist) soaring in the blue sky through the tree branches, with the ferns and moss covering the rocky outcropping of the forest floor it was really quite fantastic. If you are lucky, ask the host if she is the musical director of the chapel. She may go up to the altar and sing Amazing Grace – It was an extra beautiful bonus. Sometimes I wonder how I happen upon these moments…it seems it happens more often then I deserve.