Review: “Outside The Pale: Architecture Of Fay Jones” By Department Of Arkansas Heritage


In the midst of the review copies I’ve agreed to read, I have to throw in the occasional “want to” book. This is one such book.

I became fascinated by the architecture of Fay Jones following my wedding in the Mildred B. Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Later, I learned of the Thorncrown Chapel near Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and many other projects of Jones’s.

This book is a fascinating collection of pictures and drawings from not just the chapels above, but other buildings, both public and private, which were created by Fay Jones. There is also a fair amount of history behind Jones and how he got started in architecture.

Overall, it was a light, fun read with lots of pictures, which makes it sound like a children’s book 🙂 But in reality, it shows the creativity and genius Jones has displayed through many of his creations. I’m not sure people fully appreciate the works he has created.

Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

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