Designed by Walter Netsch Jr., an architect known for far more practical works, the Cadet Chapel at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs pulls off an impressive stunt, combining three very different aesthetics into a graceful, cohesive, church with seventeen spires. The work recalls aeronautical engineering, nods toward the tee-pee tradition of the Native-American who once lived in the area, and references gothic tradition. The chapel is also unusual because it was not built from the ground up. The aluminum panels on the sides were prefabricated and shipped in to cover the 280-foot-long steel frame. The chapel has become a popular destinations and tours are available if you email an Air Force representative before arrival.
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