Every little niche in the world has a bit of amazing architecture nestled into it, and the Thorncrown Chapel designed by Architect Fay Jones is an unforgettable wonder. Having opened in Eureka Springs, Arkansas in 1980, Jones describes the style of the glass chapel as “Ozark Gothic”– an ode to the land it’s set in.
With more than 400 windows doting the exterior, and the only steel on the building being the form that creates the diamond shaped pattern; the rest is as organic as possible. Jones’ idea was also that of the materials had to be able to be physically carried into the forest by men so as not to disturb the natural landscape. The interior is simple and clean, with flagstone flooring and a rock wall giving off that natural vibe.
As a side note, current news and controversy surrounding Thorncrown involves Southwest Power Company to build out a 48 mile transmission line that will reach into the Thorncrown land. There’s a petition here that gives more in depth information to this potential disastrous addition.