Rogues Castle-Beaver Area
This area on the Beaver Lake is quiet and serene. WE came here to see the Rogue Castle, as it was described in the internet as a castle and a eventual exclusive resort to stay. I do not see that happening any time soon. It has been over two years in the making now and they have another year of more to complete, the way it looks. The owner owns Rogue Manor in Eureka Springs, ans seems to have spent a lot on a pleasure of life without any payback. Cost is probably over $2 million by now. The internet interested me, but once you get there, on line pictures are deceiving. Look and see what I mean. It is not what is shows.
Local Italy Flavor Here
The colorful front and insides are to be remembered. Location is nice and find a decent parking places in the back area somewhere. The view is one of the main attractions for the overlook. Small but quaint. Watch for the times open or closed. Off season they seem to close Tuesday-Thursdays, or what the sign on the door says. Dinner only 5-9 The pasta dishes are the better things to try. My favorite always is the sausages with spices. The trout made Italian style appeared attractive also. Prices for pasta and sauces are $12-15. The main entrees are around $16-20
Flatiron is Angled
Flatiron building in right in the middle of town, and at the split of Spring and Center Sts. The first and second buildings were destroyed in fires in 1880 and 1890. This is from 1897, but redone in 1997, and looks like a real old elegant facade. They are what is called apartments for rent, but I guess maybe can also get on nightly basis?
You can ride on an old steam...
You can ride on an old steam train on the Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway. We took a ride on it one afternoon. In the evening I think they offer a dining car and a meal during the train ride.
Tour the old depot while waiting on the train. At the end of the line when they turned the train around the engineer vented some steam off and it was neat to watch.
Images of Thorncrown Chapel
Thorncrown Chapel was designed by world renowned architect E. Fay Jones.
The inspiration for Thorncrown Chapel was Sainte Chappelle, Paris’ light filled gothic chapel. Fay affectionately labeled Thorncrown’s style as “Ozark Gothic.” The chapel rises 48 feet into the sky with over 6,000 square feet of glass and 425 windows. Its dimensions are 24 feet by 60 feet. The chapel is made with all organic materials to fit its natural setting. The only steel in the structure forms a diamond shaped pattern in its wooden trusses. The building has a native flagstone floor surrounded with a rock wall which gives the feeling that the chapel is part of its Ozark hillside.
In order to preserve Thorncrown’s natural setting, Fay decided that no structural element could be larger than what two men could carry through the woods. The building materials are primarily pressure treated pine 2x4s, 2x6s, and 2x12s. The larger elements of the building such as the trusses were assembled on the floor and raised into place.
Light, shadows, and reflections play a major role in Thorncrown’s ambience. Because of the chapel’s elaborate trusses and the surrounding trees, constantly changing patterns of light and shadows appear during the day. At night reflections of the crosses in the lights appear to surround the entire building. Consequently, Thorncrown never looks quite the same. Its appearance changes during each hour of the day and during the different seasons of the year
"Quote from Fay Jones"
I saw opportunity here to create architecture. The distinction I am making is that all building isn’t architecture, just as all writing isn’t literature or poetry, even though the spelling, grammar, and syntax might be correct. There is something in architecture that touches people in a special way, and I hoped to do that with this chapel.”