Maurice Jennings, a prominent designer from Fayetteville (Arkansas), used her 25 years of experience working with her renowned partner Fay Jones to create a truly inspiring chapel that rivals the team's most famous creation - the Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas - named the fourth best design of the 20th century by the American Institute of Architects. Even Jennings himself describes Chapel Anthony as the largest and “best” of the more than twenty chapels he designed across the country.
From the benches and sconces to the outdoor fixtures, each element of the design was created by Jennings and his colleague David McKee, also an architect from Fayetteville. With 160 seats, Anthony Chapel is host to numerous events, including concerts, ceremonies, baptisms and approximately 175 weddings per year.
WHY THIS PLACE
Nestled under a thick canopy of secular pines and oaks, the Anthony Chapel speaks directly to the heart of those who seek serenity, isolation and rest. With almost six floors, this brilliantly designed structure complements the surrounding wooded landscape and allows you to observe the changing seasons through its floor-to-ceiling glass walls and several skylights that stimulate the rays of the sun to dance through the windows on the beautiful stone floors.
• Typical of Jennings' design philosophy, the chapel brings the outside in and protects it with an intricate bracing system, linking between its main elements of the structure (open beams and huge pine columns) to increase the rigidity of the building and protect it against the action of the wind.
• Classified in 2013 as the "# 2 Coolest Place" (second best place) in America to marry by the American media company Buzzfeed, this Chapel is a natural choice for couples who want their wedding to include the beauty of nature while outdoors, while enjoying the comfort of an indoor environment. Bride and groom who exchanged their vows here described the experience as "intimate", "elegant" and "incredible".