E. Fay Jones
Powell Gardens features three structures designed by renowned American architect E. Fay Jones.
Jones is one of the best-known disciples of Frank Lloyd Wright and carried on Wright’s Prairie Style and principles of organic design. An Arkansas native, Jones was commissioned to design the public buildings at Powell Gardens so they would have a timeless quality.
Jones forged a reputation for mastering the integration of architecture with nature and limited his work to a few building types—more than 200 houses and a handful of pavilions and chapels. In 2000, Jones’ Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Ark., was voted one of the most important buildings of the 20th century by the American Institute of Architects.
At Powell Gardens, the work of Jones and his partner Maurice Jennings, who joined Jones’ firm in 1972, uses natural materials, wide expanses of glass that bring the outside in, and lines that allow each building to blend into its surroundings.