Famous Arkansan: Fay Jones

Zoie Clift
Several well-known people
have roots in Arkansas. The list runs the gamut from Johnny Cash to Jermain Taylor.
Check here every Monday as we highlight a new Famous Arkansan each week. Today,

Meet: Fay Jones

If you’re into architecture,
there’s a good chance you know the name E. Fay Jones. Chances are you recognize
the name even if you aren’t. The world-renowned architect (1921-2004) is the
talent behind many notable sights in the state including the Thorncrown Chapel
near Eureka Springs.

Jones grew up in El Dorado
and was trained by Frank Lloyd Wright. He designed 218 projects, and of these
84 were built in the state.

His talents were recognized
around the world. He was awarded the Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture for
1980-81 and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Gold Medal (the highest honor
an architect can get) by President Bush in 1991. In 2000, the AIA recognized the Thorncrown Chapel as the fourth most significant structure of the 20th century and in
2006, it was named to the AIA’s exclusive list of Twenty-five Year
Award buildings. The AIA also designated Jones as
one of the world’s greatest contemporary architects and “one of the 10 most influential architects of the 20th century.”
Some of his Arkansas projects include The Faubus House in Huntsville and the Cooper
Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista. The University of Arkansas School of
Architecture was renamed in his honor in 2009. Click here for more details on
this famous Arkansan. The below photo was taken by Al Drap. 

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