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I'm a full time realtor who loves to dapple in art and antiques. I dedicate this blog to my grandmother Hallie who never forgot how to live, laugh, and love to the fullest...and always passed it on.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Architecture by Fay Jones

Arkansas is the home of not only the new American Idol, Kris Allen, but also of one fantastic architect, Fay Jones.

Fay Jones first met his mentor, Frank Lloyd Wright, in 1949 and was invited to become an apprentice at Taliesin East in Wisconsin. Both Jones and his wife became members of the Taliesin Fellowship, returning annually for the next ten years. Wright’s most lasting influence on Jones would be in the application of the principles of organic architecture: simplicity of construction, use of native materials, attention to crafted details, and seamless integration of building to site. In his own work, Jones was known for the innovative vertical use of glass and a strict awareness of the role of interior and exterior spaces of light.

I have included two interior shots from a home my brother owns outside of Stuttgart, Arkansas. He was fortunate to be able to purchase this historically significant home and enjoys its unique architectural features. The light fixture reminds me of a stalagtite. The rock mantel was designed to trick the eye. In the evenings when a certain light fixture is turned on the rocks project a profile of an Indian's face on the wall next to the fireplace.

Mr. Jones was known for always using light features in his work. His work at Thorncrown Chapel near Eureka Springs, Arkansas produces three crosses projected into the trees as the light of the setting sun shines through the open air cathedral. Unfortunately you have to be present to enjoy these features as the light necessary to photograph destroys the effect.
I think Fay Jones' contemporary style is timeless. What do you think?


  1. Very interesting. Marg

  2. Beautiful architecture. I'd love to see that Indian's face, don't ya know.

    The Texas Woman