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Fort Worth, Texas is blessed enough to have four buildings designed by AIA Gold Medalists Philip Johnson, Louis Kahn, I.M. Pei, and E. Fay Jones. On the Southwest corner of I-30 and Hulen, is one of these remarkable gems of brilliant architecture, landscaping, and design recognized worldwide: The Marty Leonard Chapel. Designed by E. Fay Jones, the Chapel, known locally as "The Community Chapel" or sometimes as "The Lena Pope Chapel," will be quite familiar to anyone who is familiar with the Thorn Crown Chapel in Eureka Springs Arkansas.
Jones, who left this world on Aug 31, 2004, was able to achieve something most of us could only ever dream of: having our childhood hero as a Mentor. When he was a young boy, Jones was inspired to go into Architecture after watching a matinee film about a Frank Lloyd Wright building. Later on he would study under Wright and achieve world renown, despite having no desire to become a Starchitect. But even a brief glimpse of his works on photos are enough to recognize just how well he has mastered the art.
With most structures, one could be content showing merely a few interior photos and perhaps a few outside perspectives. But to fully understand why the Marty Leonard Chapel is so beloved and important, one must follow the great circle around it. (more
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