Thorncrown Chapel

Thorncrown Chapel by E. Fay Jones.
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Thorncrown Chapel was designed by world renowned architect E. Fay Jones. Fay was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1921. He studied at the University of Arkansas, Rice University, the University of Oklahoma, and finally under his mentor Frank Lloyd Wright at the Taliesin Fellowship.

The inspiration for Thorncrown Chapel was Sainte Chappelle, Paris’ light filled gothic chapel. Fay affectionately labeled Thorncrown’s style as “Ozark Gothic.” The chapel rises 48 feet into the sky with over 6,000 square feet of glass and 425 windows. Its dimensions are 24 feet by 60 feet. The chapel is made with all organic materials to fit its natural setting. The only steel in the structure forms a diamond shaped pattern in its wooden trusses. The building has a native flagstone floor surrounded with a rock wall which gives the feeling that the chapel is part of its Ozark hillside.

Thorncrown Chapel

Commandée par Jim Reed, un instituteur retraité, elle est l'œuvre de l'architecte E. Fay Jones. Elle a été construite en 1980. Sa composition rappelle le mouvement architectural "la Prairie School", un mouvement architectural popularisé par Frank Lloyd Wright, dont Jones était un apprenti.

L'édifice est inscrit au National Register of Historic Places en 2000. En 2006, la chapelle est sélectionnée pour le Twenty-five Year Award par l'American Institute of Architects, récompensant les structures qui ont eu une influence significative sur la profession.

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