[Homestead] E. Fay Jones, architect

Gene GeRue genegerue at ruralize.com
Tue Sep 14 09:16:37 EDT 2004


Happened to notice that E. Fay Jones died in Fayetteville, Arkansas. "He 
was 83. Jones was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and is credited with 
creating the Ozark style of architecture. . . .
"His award-winning designs typically relied on stone, cedar siding, wood 
shingles and discreet lighting. In 1990 he received the American Institute 
of Architects' Gold Medal, its highest honor, and a Rome Prize Fellowship 
in 1980. He was the first of Wright's Taliesin Fellows to receive the gold 
medal. . . . In 2000, Jones' Thorncrown Chapel in the Arkansas Ozarks was 
voted the fourth-best building of the 20th century by the American 
Institute of Architects after Wright's Fallingwater and the Chrysler and 
Seagram buildings in New York City.
"His clients included Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart , and Orval E. 
Faubus, the longest-serving governor of Arkansas. Bill Clinton lived in one 
of Jones' houses when he returned to Arkansas from Yale Law School in 1973 
to teach, and a year later, Hillary Rodham lived in another one when she 
moved to Fayetteville to join her future husband."
Source: The Arizona Republic, 9-3-04.


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