Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel
|Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel|
Interior of the chapel, 2012
|Founder(s)||Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel Foundation|
|Heritage designation||Nominated to NRHP, June 5, 1996|
|Length||84 feet (26 m)|
|Width||24 feet (7.3 m)|
|Height||54 feet (16 m)|
|Number of floors||One|
|Floor area||2,016 square feet (187.3 m2)|
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel is a chapel located along Lake Norwood in Bella Vista, Arkansas, designed by E. Fay Jones and Maurice Jennings and constructed in 1988. The chapel was commissioned by John A. Cooper, Sr. to honor Mildred Borum Cooper, his late wife. The chapel was designed with a mind toward celebrating both God and his creations.
The chapel is a popular tourist destination in Northwest Arkansas, as well as a widely used wedding ceremony location.
The design recalls the Prairie School of architecture popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright, with whom Jones had apprenticed. Jones used 31 tons of steel and 4,460 square feet of glass to create a series of Gothic arches that run the length of the chapel. Though it looks like an open-air structure, the chapel is a glass-enclosed, air-conditioned space.
Soon after completion the chapel was praised that it "quietly commands a dignity and presence uncommon among buildings of our era."
About Mildred Borum Cooper
Mildred Borum Cooper, born and raised in Arkansas, spent much of her life in service to her people and community. She was president of United Methodist Women’s organizations, served in the Girl Scout organization, worked as postmistress, and organized the first garden club, home extension club, and library in Cherokee Village.
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