Thorncrown Chapel


What is, according to the American Institute of Architects, one of the best buildings of the 20th century has only one 24x60-foot rectangular room. But what a room it is. A gabled, 48-foot-high, sky-lighted roof seems to balance atop a frame of pine columns and latticework beams. The walls are made of glass---6,000 square feet of it. The result is a soaring, light-filled Ozark Gothic building that’s perfectly at home amid (and invites contemplation of) the surrounding hardwood forest.

It was designed by architect E. Fay Jones, who had studied under Frank Lloyd Wright. He was commissioned by Jim Reed, of Pine Bluff, AR, who bought the land to build a residence, but then decided to share those beautiful Ozark views with others. To disrupt the natural setting as little as possible, Jones insisted that all construction materials be light enough to carry to the site. It was completed in 1980.


12968 Hwy. 62 W.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632


36.41605000, -93.77316300

Open Hours

Apr.--Oct.: daily 9--5. Nov.: Sun.--Fri. 9--5. Mar. and Dec.: daily 11--4. Sunday Services: Apr.--Oct. at 9 and 11; Nov.--3rd wk in Dec. at 11.
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(479) 253-7401

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