But I can't see the connection with the interior at all -
It was the descending, interlocking interior beams that made me think of the stave churches. That's how they're built.
I have a friend that is a Mexican Architect from central Mexico who was educated in the US in the sixties. He had heard of Thorncrown but never seen more than a small snapshot. We were driving through that area on a leasurly business trip and I took him by there. We arrived on a misty morning without anyone but us around and walked through the mountain mists and into the chapel alone in silence.
We sat in a pew for about five minutes without a word exchanged. He turned to me and whispered: wow!!!
Jones wanted it built without disturbing the site. The property Owner had built it as personal gift to the area community and almost couldn’t get it finished. Jones desinged it so the trusses could be built on the flagstone floor and raised in place and all the members and glass plates could be hand carried to the site.