Tour Stop 24
Evans BuildingCan you see the little 2-story gray brick building next door to the Guisinger Building? Upstairs in 1965 that was the office of world-renowned Fayetteville architect E. Fay Jones. He was an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, and was the only one of Wright's disciples to receive the AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor awarded by the American Institute of Archi- tects.
Although he became quite famous, he was quiet and unassuming and preferred working in the quiet beauty of Fayetteville and the surrounding Ozarks. Instead of following architectural trends, he developed a unique style based on regional organic materials and traditional forms. His most famous works are private homes and chapels.
His design for Thorncrown Chapel just outside Eureka Springs was voted by the AIA membership to be the fourth most favorite building in the United States, and the best American building since 1980. Other favorite designs of his include the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista and the Fulbright Peace Fountain on the UofA Campus. The University of Arkansas recently named their Architecture School after Jones, and his papers and drawings can be found in the Library's Special Collections.
TURN RIGHT AND GO WEST ON MOUNTAIN STREET
Photo Courtesy of: Gary Coover, Coover Consultants
History provided by: Gary Coover, Coover Consultants