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Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel

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HISTORY

It is a chapel located along Lake Norwood in Bella Vista, Arkansas, designed by E. Fay Jones and Maurice Jennings and built in 1988. The chapel was commissioned by John A. Cooper Sr. to honor Mildred Borum Cooper, his late wife. The chapel was designed with the intention of celebrating God and his creations.

WHY THIS PLACE

The chapel is a popular tourist destination in northwest Arkansas, as well as a widely used wedding ceremony site. The design is reminiscent of the Prairie School of Architecture, popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright, with whom Jones was an apprentice. Jones used steel and glass to create a series of Gothic arches that run the length of the chapel. Although it looks like an open-air structure, the chapel is an air-conditioned, glass-enclosed space.

CURIOSITIES

Shortly after completion, the chapel was praised for "quietly commanding a dignity and presence unusual among the buildings of our era".

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