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FAY JONES: THROUGH THE YEARS 1921 1954-1998

Euine Fay Jones is born in Pine Bluff Practiced architecture in a small studio in Fayetteville

1966

Named the first chair of the architecture department at the University of Arkansas

1974

Named the first dean of the new school of architecture at the University of Arkansas

2000

Recognized by the American Institute of Architects as “one of the ten most influential architects of the twentieth century.”

2004 2009

Jones passes away at his home in Fayetteville The University of Arkansas School of Architecture is named after Jones Source: The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture

guests a way to enter the home without coming through the master bedroom (which is positioned next to the guest house). The interesting play of light and shade created by the home’s clerestory—which serves as a natural light source—is most evident in the living room. The feature led Woodward to name the home Stoneshadow. “Some of [Jones’s] houses had names from the getgo and some didn’t. With the stonework and the shadowing in the house, we thought that was fitting, and I think this went with his thinking and philosophy,” Woodward says. HISTORICAL FEATURES AND FURNISHINGS “A big thing for Fay Jones was the fireplace. It’s the center of the space,” Woodward says of the architect’s signature approach. Stoneshadow is no different; a large fireplace is centrally installed in the living room and can be seen from a number of vantage points and nearby rooms. Woodward has also reviewed a number of the documents associated with the home’s construction to glean insights into the architect’s reasoning. “In Jones’s notes, it said [the Polks] liked exposed beams. The ones used in the home are steel and have been covered with wood; so [the house] is steel-beam construction. This allows for the expanse [of the elongated structure]. They also

liked low-to-high, and they were big on having a sunken space,” Woodward adds. This fondness for sunken space is evidenced in the home’s main living area, which is terraced down from the rest of the floor plan. In addition to architectural details, Jones was equally thoughtful when it came to flourishes and functional pieces. Wood shavings in a scrollwork-like shape are encased in glass windows and door openings throughout the house (see the image above); built-in storage lines the hallways in an artistic yet practical manner; and light fixtures that echo the millwork seen on the walls and ceilings illuminate the rooms. In furnishing the home, Woodward brought in pieces that fit perfectly with the time period and style of the house. He consulted with local antique and vintage shops, and also incorporated a number of items he had amassed following a downsize move to a new Little Rock residence. In a nod to his love for the state, he filled the walls with works by Arkansas artists, including Ann Downs who is from Magnolia. The dining room furniture was left by the original owners, and Woodward kept it intact, thus honoring their style. While every detail of the home is intentional, perhaps what is most inspiring is Woodward’s intentional commitment to preserving the structure and its history for generations to come. October 2015 | athomearkansas.com 67

At Home in Arkansas | October 2015  
At Home in Arkansas | October 2015