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Architettura Organica come bellezza interiore (1921-2004)     




Euine Fay Jones, world renowned architect, born in Pine Bluff on January 31, 1921,  and died  August 30 , 2004 .

Jones received a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Arkansas in 1950. He earned his master's degree in architecture from Rice University in 1951 and received a Taliesin Fellowship, which enabled him to study with architect Frank Lloyd Wright, in 1953. Jones later received an honorary degree from the U of A in 1990.

Jones had a long and distinguished professional career that combined teaching and practice. He taught at the University of Oklahoma and had a long tenure at the University of Arkansas as a design professor, chairperson of the department from 1966-1974 and dean from 1974-1976. He was a professor emeritus.

Jones was a winner of American architecture's highest honor in 1990, the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, and was the best-known of Frank Lloyd Wright's students. He created what has been termed "Ozark Architecture," considered by some a misnomer since the style exists across the country in cities, towns and rural areas.

In 1991, members of AIA ranked Jones among the 10 most influential architects of the time, a list that also included I. M. Pei, Robert Venturi, Charles Moore and Michael Graves.

In 2000, Jones' Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Ark., was voted the fourth best building of the 20th century, after Fallingwater and New York's Chrysler and Seagram's buildings. Robert Ivy, architecture scholar and critic, describes Thorncrown as "arguably among 20th century's great works of art."

Jones created 135 residences and 15 chapels and churches in 20 different states, as well as an assortment of other structures including fountains, gardens, and commercial buildings. He published 32 books.



Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.


Jones was a quiet and unassuming architect who preferred the quiet isolation of the Arkansas mountains to the urban landscape. Jones ignored architectural trends and instead focused on his own organic aesthetic with materials found in the Ozarks and familiar traditional forms from his home region.

Jones work focused primarily on the intimate rather than the grandiose. Jones most renowned works are chapels and private homes rather than skyscrapers. Jones used Frank Lloyd Wright's principles and created buildings that had a distinct Wrightean feel to them.

Jones most famous buildings are the Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Both of these buildings are simple and transcendental creations of wood.






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