It is hard to capture the feeling of being in Thorncrown Chapel. However, our 360 degree virtual tour comes close. Click the link below to load the flash movie. Be sure to use the controls to look up at the ceiling. It is quite a sight. Look down to the floor for a surprise.
You walk down a wooded trail, move around a curve and there stands a majestic glass chapel- so beautiful- so close to God. Welcome to Thorncrown Chapel.
Thorncrown was the dream of retired school teacher, Jim Reed. In 1978 Jim enlisted the help of renowned architect E. Fay Jones to design a place of worship for the visitors to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The result was a forty-eight foot tall wooden structure with 425 windows.
Since the chapel opened in 1980, over six million people have visited this woodland sanctuary. It has won numerous architectural awards such as the American Institute of Architecture's Design of the Year Award for 1981 and the American Institute of Architecture's Design of the Decade Award for the 1980's. Recently, members of the American Institute of Architects placed Thorncrown Chapel fourth on its list of the top buildings of the twentieth century.
To help accommodate the needs of our visitors, we opened the Thorncrown Worship Center in 1989. Designed by the same architect, the worship center stands as a sister building to Thorncrown Chapel. As you walk in its doors, you gaze over the rolling Ozark hills through a fifty foot window. This magnificent structure seats over 300 people and is available for retreats and weddings.