The Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel at Powell Gardens


The Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel overlooks a small lake at Missouri’s Powell Gardens just east of Kansas City, Missouri.


It is a beautiful building in a beautiful setting. It is basically wood and glass set on a rock foundation. It soars into the sky and is very light and spacious.


It was designed by E. Fay Jones (1921-1994) who designed similar chapels in Eureka Springs and Bella Vista, Arkansas. Mr. Jones was an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. The architecture school at the University of Arkansas bears his name.


I don’t know the first thing about architecture but I do think the design is very graceful and simple in form but sumptuous in details.


What a view! You can rent the chapel for a wedding if you wish.

I found the chapel to be very inspiring. Have you been to an inspiring place lately?

9 thoughts on “The Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel at Powell Gardens

  1. DrillerAA09

    I have been to Thorncrown chapel in Eureka Springs, AR and to the Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista, AR. The Cooper chapel is actually an experiment in steel structure and gothic arches, while the others are wood.
    To Beth, the Garvan chapel was designed by Maurice Jennings. Jennings was a student, intern, and partner of Fay Jones.

  2. Barb

    I love simplicity above all else. I sowed my wildflower seeds today in about a foot of snow. If they grow, I’ll be inspired!

  3. Gaelyn

    If I was lookin’ to get hitched that would be an ideal location. That building is marvelous!
    I’m feeling inspired to buy tickets to South Africa.

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