Thorncrown Chapel

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Geezer Vz on December 2, 2009

Thorncrown Chapel

Nestled in a woodland setting, Thorncrown Chapel rises forty-eight feet into the Ozark sky. This magnificent wooden structure contains 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass. It sits atop over 100 tons of native stone and colored flagstone. The chapel's simple design and majestic beauty combine to make it what critics have called "one of the finest religious spaces of modern times."

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erodzen on February 19, 2010

Nice shot!

Vann Helms on July 21, 2010

I never tire of looking at these magnificent constructions. Arkansas seems to have a monopoly on them. Thank you! Well composed, and I like the blue cushions on the pews. VANN in North Carolina

Geezer Vz on July 21, 2010


Thanks for the nice compliment. Best wishes.


I'm glad you liked this. I share your admiration of this structure. There are two of these structures in Arkansas designed by E. Fay Jones, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. There is another in Mississippi. Additionally, there are two more similar structures in Arkansas designed by Jones student and partner, Maurice Jennings. If you are interested you can read more about Fay Jones in this Wikipedia article.

Thanks for the compliment on my composition. Have a nice day.

~ Guy

Guizel J.c on January 28, 2011

Beautiful photo,Great Chapel,LIKE n.3.Greetings from Portugal.GUIZEL

Geezer Vz on January 29, 2011

Thank you, Guizel. How nice to hear from you. I'm glad you liked this photo of Thorncrown Chapel. Guy

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on February 18, 2011

Greetings Guy ;>)

I have to agree with the critics, that wooden structure is awesome...The thumbnail seemed to contradict the title..but it's only when one sees this on a big screen does the significance truly stand out..Superb pic!


Geezer Vz on February 18, 2011

Thanks, Jim. The crown doesn't show up very good in this "inside" picture. I guess I should have uploaded an "outside" view but I didn't and it would be disjointed to do it now. Keep looking up. Guy

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on February 18, 2011

Guy!! I think you could safely upload a photo from the outside! I would enjoy looking at the location as I am sure many others would too!


Geezer Vz on February 19, 2011

Hello again, Jim. Originally I didn't upload the pictures because I wasn't real pleased with the way they turned out. (I lay it off on my point * shoot.) With your encouragement I went back and sharpened three pictures the best I could without them looking too quirky and uploaded them this evening. One outside, one inside and one window detail.

The location is a key part of the Chapel. On the map it looks like there is a highway close by but the chapel is completely isolated from it. It's getting about time for me to drive up to that part of the state again. Maybe I'll do better this time.

Happy shooting. Guy

Tomros on August 8, 2013

unique chapel, stripped of all pomposity of some churches.

wonderful capture!

Like 6.

greetings, tomas

Tomros on August 8, 2013

kids crossing street by them self is a rare sight in our city. the parents were not far behind. they just did not make on the frame..;-)

Geezer Vz on August 8, 2013

Thanks, Tomas.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 28, 2009
  • Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
    by Geezer Vz
    • Taken on 2006/06/22 10:50:31
    • Exposure: 0.020s (1/50)
    • Focal Length: 5.70mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash