Fay Jones

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Works Cooper Memorial Chapel, at Bella Vista, Arkansas

Pinecote Pavilion, at Picayune, Mississippi

Thorncrown Chapel, at Eureka Springs, Arkansas, 1980.  * 3D Model *

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Fay Jones

(b. 1921; d. August 31, 2004)

E. Fay Jones was born in 1921. He studied at the University of Arkanasas in Fayetteville and at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He also apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright before establishing a private practice in Arkansas.

An unassuming architect, E. Fay Jones has worked quietly in the isolation of the Ozark Mountains for most of his career. Ignoring architectural trends, Jones has continued to refine the vocabulary of regional forms and materials that he learned as a student with the Taliesin Fellowship. Using Wrightean principles, tailored to his own aesthetics, Jones has created buildings that Wright might have proudly claimed.

Jones shows a marked ability to translate fanciful sketches into built form. While many designers envision a structural framework clad with an outer skin of enclosing materials, Jones has actually created the vision. His two most renowned buildings - Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista, Arkansas exhibit a transcendental flair for the sculptural and the simple. Both are graceful, wooden, outdoor structures.


Recipient of the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, 1990.

Full name: Euine Fay Jones

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"Remembering Fay Jones", by Michael Cockram, ArchitectureWeek No. 209, 2004.0915, p1.   Find books about Fay Jones

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