The Chatlos Chapel is boldly sited perpendicular to the sloping terrain with mountain views from the chapel through the forest canopy. The steeple soars eighty feet above the roofline to provide a strong visual symbol both during the day and night. Two additional floors are hidden below sanctuary level: the middle floor is multi-functional for receptions and meetings, and the basement level incorporates a stepped-floor auditorium for conferences. All parking is remotely located, so visitors must walk the defined path system through the woods to reach this secluded worship center. The chapel represents the first phase of a religious training complex on this 3,500-acre mountain site defined by two major ridgelines.
Detailing is simplified and articulate to exhibit the talents of local craftsman and building materials are native to the region. Exterior wall surfaces are North Carolina fieldstone, gathered on site and laid in a “dry” fashion reminiscent of historical mountain masonry.