Thorncrown Chapel

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Thorncrown Chapel
Thorncrown Chapel.jpg
Thorncrown Chapel is located in Arkansas
Thorncrown Chapel
Nearest city Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Coordinates 36°24′59″N 93°46′22″W / 36.41639°N 93.77278°W / 36.41639; -93.77278Coordinates: 36°24′59″N 93°46′22″W / 36.41639°N 93.77278°W / 36.41639; -93.77278
Area 7.6 acres (3.1 ha)
Built 1980 (1980)
Architect E. Fay Jones
Architectural style Modern
Governing body Private
MPS Arkansas Designs of E. Fay Jones MPS AD
NRHP Reference # 97000452[1]
Added to NRHP April 28, 2000

Thorncrown Chapel is a chapel located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, designed by E. Fay Jones and constructed in 1980.

The design recalls the Prairie School of architecture popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright, with whom Jones had apprenticed, and was commissioned by Jim Reed, a retired schoolteacher.



Constructed mostly of wood and other materials indigenous to northwestern Arkansas, the design minimized material transportation costs. Though it looks like an open-air structure, the chapel is a glass-enclosed, conditioned space.

The building was selected for the 2006 Twenty-five Year Award by the American Institute of Architects, recognizing structures that have had significant influence on the profession. The chapel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[1] Although being listed on the Register is a significant step for any building, it is an extraordinary milestone for the Thorncrown Chapel: buildings less than fifty years old cannot be listed on the Register unless they are of "exceptional" significance.[2]

In early 2013, the Southwest Power Company (SWEPCO) submitted an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility,[3] granting permission to construct a high voltage transmission line that would run adjacent to the chapel.[4][5]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "How to Apply the National Register Criteria for Evaluation," (PDF), National Register Bulletins, National Park Service, 6. Accessed 2009-12-06.
  3. ^ "Online Public Suggestions". Arkansas Public Service Commission. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Meier, Allison (2013-05-02). "Thorncrown Chapel’s Ozarks Oasis Under Threat". Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Thorncrown Chapel Under Threat". Colossal. 2013-05-07. Retrieved 7 May 2013.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

Further reading[edit]

  • Charles K. Gandee. (March 1981) "A Wayfarer's Chapel By Fay Jones", Architectural Record. Vol 169 Number 3. pp. 86–91
  • Paul Heyer. (1993) American Architecture: Ideas and Ideologies in the Late Twentieth Century. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, pp. 102–103. ISBN 0-442-01328-0

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