Monday, November 17, 2008
Going to the Chapel
The Mildred Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista serves the community as a reminder of the founders of Cooper Communities, as well as, a monument to the work of Fay Jones, University of Arkansas professor of architecture.
Mildred Cooper, wife of John Cooper Sr, founder of Cooper Communities, lived in Bella Vista during the early years of the project. After her death in 1983, her family built the chapel to honor her good works within the community.
Fay Jones, the well known architect was engaged to design the Mildren Cooper Memorial Chapel in 1986-87. The arch and glass design echos his Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs. Jones received the AIA Gold Award in 1990.
The chapel small chapel serves as a public venue for musci recitals, small weddings and peaceful meditations. The chancel features a glass apse showing with views of Lake Norwood. The small nave feels grand and open with views from all sides through the glass walls held by pointed arches. The sanctuary embues tranquility.