Rising 48 feet into the Ozark sky, Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs is known as “one of the finest religious spaces of modern times.” The wood and glass structure consists of 425 windows, which translates to roughly 6,000 square feet of glass. The space was designed by renowned architect E. Fay Jones, a mentee of Frank Lloyd Wright. You’ll see the Wright influence in the Thorncrown Chapel design, as only organic materials were used to blend the structure with the natural surroundings.
In 1980, the Thorncrown Chapel opened its doors. Over the years, the structure has been recognized by many publications, including Time and Newsweek, and gained numerous architectural awards. It’s no wonder the chapel has seen more than seven million visitors since its opening more than 40 years ago. Be sure to add this stop to your itinerary!
During your time in Eureka Springs, you’ll also be privy to the largest selection of restored Victorian homes in the central United States. In fact, if you’d like to make one of those historic mansions your home base, you’ll want to choose Arsenic & Old Lace Bed and Breakfast. Our charming Inn has stained-glass windows, original artwork, antiques, and crystal chandeliers that perfectly blend an old-world ambiance with the needed modern comforts for a relaxing getaway.
The Epic Architecture of the Thorncrown Chapel
Visiting the Thorncrown Chapel can mean different things to people from all walks of life. While some may visit to admire the innovative architecture, some may come to get in touch with their spirituality. Here are the best things to know about visiting the Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs:
- Architect E. Fay Jones coined the architectural style of the Thorncrown Chapel as “Ozark Gothic.” Due to the chapel’s elaborate trusses and the surrounding trees, shadows and light play a big part in the design and how the viewer sees the structure.
- The Thorncrown Chapel is a popular wedding venue in Eureka Springs. The beautiful chapel in the woods is romantic and serves as a spectacular and memorable backdrop for wedding photos. Here’s more info on the Chapel if you’re on the hunt for wedding venues in Eureka Springs. We also host smaller weddings at our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast and offer the most romantic lodging in the area for your first night together and your honeymoon.
- Service hours at the Thorncrown Chapel are March through December from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm—on weekends (and some weekdays), the chapel occasionally closes as early as 12:30 pm for special events. It’s best to call ahead to ensure the chapel will be open if you plan to visit later in the afternoon. The Chapel is closed in January and February except for weddings and other special events.
- Sunday services are held at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM from April through October. November through the third week in December, they hold one Sunday service at 11:00 AM. The services last approximately one hour and include uplifting music and biblically-based sermons. All people are welcome.
Victorian Architecture in Eureka Springs:
For those intrigued by the Victorian architecture in Eureka Springs, here are a few more stops to add to your itinerary:
- The Victorian-era houses painted in bright colors with contrasting trim dot the hillsides all over the area. The houses were built on the 20 steep hills, which garnered Eureka the nickname of a “stair-step” town. The Eureka Springs Tram Tours is one of the best ways to take in the sights and learn more about Victorian architecture around town.
- Downtown Eureka Springs on Main and Spring Streets feature historic brick structures, now home to charming local boutiques, restaurants, and attractions. Read here for our list of the best things to do downtown.
- The 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs is often regarded as one the most haunted hotels in America, but ghosts aren’t the only reason guests tour this architectural gem. The majestic building was designed by architect Isaac S. Taylor and constructed with white limestone. The Crescent Hotel is just a 20-minute walk from our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast and a lovely addition of places to see here.
The Most Romantic Lodging in Eureka Springs
As you arrive at our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast, you’ll first notice the stunning Queen Anne Victorian architecture that’s been meticulously maintained and restored. Inside, every inch of our Inn is curated to create a romantic atmosphere for relaxing, resetting, and spending time with your partner. With only five spectacular guest suites, each has luxurious amenities, and you’ll never have to worry about noise or crowds. Let us treat you to a delicious multi-course breakfast each morning with fresh fruit, baked goods, and sweet and savory main dishes to appeal to every palate. We can’t wait to host you in Eureka Springs; book today!