E. Fay Jones' Glenn Parsons House

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E. Fay Jones' Glenn Parsons House

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https://goo.gl/maps/RCM9vjMgSR62

1966 N Scott Hollow Rd
Springdale, AR 72764

This house/estate is even bigger and better than his Orville Faubus House. The original owner is still living there at age 85. Wonderful guy.
Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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Is this property for sale ? I don't find a listing online.

Would this be relevant ? Neighboring property ? http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhom ... 2965-23121

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Well -- how about pictures ? Anybody ?

Here's Paul's linked view. I could only keep the house centered and visible as I zoomed in, by "Tilting" the Google view. (Seriously, am I the only one who can no longer toggle NSEW in Google Maps ? Is there an inside joke I'm missing ?)


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Post by Paul Ringstrom »

SDR wrote:Would this be relevant ? Neighboring property ? http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhom ... 2965-23121

SDR
These neighboring parcels may be part of Parson's 115 acre estate. If you look south you will see a lot of long narrow buildings where he used to grow 400,000 turkeys at a time.

I think the house is for sale, to the right buyer, but not listed.
Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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Post by Roderick Grant »

This house was published in Progressive Architecture (May, 1967). It is by far Jones' best effort. Faubus is a grand house, but its plan isn't nearly as good as Parsons. The Parsons entrance is a grand stair down to a landing with a spectacular Jones-designed chandelier. The "cathedral ceiling" of this house makes those McMansions look pathetic by comparison. Truly a beautiful house.

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Post by Wrighter »

And of course Craig Stevens' Fay Jones Guide Book has images as well.

The only thing I don't love about the house is the length of the gallery. But that was done so that each bedroom would have a view off the cliff to the waters below. But it includes one of my favorite spaces in any house by any architect--a depressed seating section, just off the main living room. A lowered ceiling and cozy seating area, looking out towards that chandelier that Roderick mentions. Talk about compression and release. Just magical.

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All right, art lovers -- here's something: Eleven B+W images. Slow loading.

http://rosettaapp.getty.edu:1801/delive ... id=IE72903

Is it only Fay Jones who gets away with slender stone columns ?

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Post by Wrighter »

4199-9 is looking towards that sunken seating area I was describing.

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Post by DavidC »

The sunken seating area truly is wonderful. One special aspect of it is that the fireplace masonary is open on both sides - living room and sunken den - in a narrow, verticle opening - giving a 'through-space' between the two areas where both light from the living room and fire from the fireplace can be seen.


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Post by Roderick Grant »

4199-7: There are two heavy beams at ceiling height, and a beam crossing about 2' below. Where they pass, there are two posts connecting the upper and lower beams. Obviously not a structural issue, what do you suppose the design function of them is?

FLW did something similar in the Sturges House. There the posts seem to be related to structure, but they are not; they pop out quite easily. So they are some sort of design element that I don't quite get.

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Post by DRN »

Roderick.
The verticals appear to me to be suspenders and a means of concealing electrical wiring for the horizontal element below, which I believe is a space defining element that may contain some indirect lighting. The horizontal is likely not a beam but hollow and constructed of many pieces.

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Post by Wrighter »

Parsons and the Fisher house are from roughly the same era in Jones' career. While I'm not sure about the Parsons house, at Fisher all the beams are constructed of many pieces. The largest beams, for instance, are three 2 X 12s, trimmed out in 1/4 inch plywood (and the decorative trim on the bottom of the beam).

If you get up on a ladder, you can see the 2 X 12's next to each other; they are not trimmed out on the top--since you never see that part.
(Unless you are trying to change one of the impossible to reach light bulbs!) Electrical wiring runs along the tops of the beams, and then will dart down to the fixture, with the trim concealing the writing.

I've got some pictures somewhere that I'll try to post.

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Post by Roderick Grant »

No, DRN, that's not the case. As a structural element in tension, wood is not good. Enlarge the photo, and you will see that there is no lighting going on in that beam; there is indirect lighting just above the banquet, but not from that beam. This is design, not structure or wiring.
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