Thorncrown Chapel, Arkansas' great glass masterpiece (pictures)
Barely known at the time, Frank Lloyd Wright student Fay Jones became a worldwide star with his "Glass Chapel" in the Arkansas Ozarks. CNET Road Trip 2014 sat down in the masterpiece.
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.--Conceived as a folly by an alcoholic California schoolteacher, Thorncrown Chapel in this northwestern Arkansas hamlet, shocked the world. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's most-accomplished student, Fay Jones and opened in 1980, Thorncrown Chapel won many of architecture's most prestigious awards.
As part of CNET Road Trip 2014, I came to the Ozarks to see the "Glass Chapel," Jones' biggest masterpiece, and a testament to the commitment of the schoolteacher, John Reed.
Thorncrown Chapel is famous for being beautiful in all seasons and at all times of day. The design, like so many of Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings, and so many of his students', fits into the nature around it.