Weird and Wonderful: Thorncrown Chapel

Organic Architecture: The Thorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs. The organically designed Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, was designed and constructed in 1980 by E. Fray Jones. The chapel is a stunning combination or steel and indigenous wood and is...

Organic Architecture: The Thorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs.

The organically designed Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, was designed and constructed in 1980 by E. Fray Jones. The chapel is a stunning combination or steel and indigenous wood and is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's concept of Organic architecture that promotes harmony between the natural world and human habitation. The unique building looks like a frame of steel but is entirely encased in glass, boasting sweeping, panoramic views of the peaceful surrounding Ozark habitat

In 2000 the beautiful structure was listed on National Register of Historic Places, being listed is an achievement in itself but is even more impressive considering buildings under 50 years old cannot be listed unless they are of 'exceptional' significance. Again in 2006 the Thorncrown Chapel was honoured when it was recognized by the American Institute of Architects by being nominated for the twenty five year award.

Unfortunately, early this year, the Southwest Power Company (SWEPCO) gained permission to build a 48 mile high voltage transmission line adjacent to the Chapel, shattering the views and serenity that surrounded Thorncrown in Northwest Arkansas. Read more about the landmark under threat on Hyperallergic.com, a forum for serious and radical thinking about art in the world.

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