In late October Sandy and I drove to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, to look at the Fall colors between NW Missouri and NW Arkansas. We also visited with the two planemakers in the area, Larry Williams and Don McConnell, partners in Old Street Tool (I wrote about our visit here). As we were saying our good-byes, Larry suggested we visit Thorncrown Chapel, located in the outskirts of town. We left, and immediately headed to the chapel; we were in for a surprise. I will share only two photos, as I cannot do justice to this majestic glass chapel with my photos. I encourage you to visit the web page for the chapel, at this link; make sure to view the Virtual Tour — it is anything if not spectacular, showing beautifully the 6,000 square feet of glass and 425 windows! The wooden trusses match the structural steel beams, and everything merges into a whole that is extremely pleasing to the eye.
Links to some of the web site pages:
- AboutUs — the heart-warming story of a school teacher who made this happen
- Architecture — Thorncrown was listed fourth on the AIA’s top ten buildings of the 20th century
- History — More on the story of Jim Reed, school teacher
- Photo Gallery—Images of every detail in the Chapel; a must-see slide show
- Virtual Tour — A beautiful panoramic view of the interior of the Chapel
I suggest a visit the Chapel if you are anywhere in the vicinity of Eureka Springs, AK. I think you will like it!
— Al Navas