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Don and Ellen Edmondson House

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1976–1980, E. Fay Jones. 3 Ridgewood Ln.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage)

The Edmondson house has been characterized as Jones’s most complete residential ensemble because he designed everything from the building to lighting, walkways, sculpture, furnishings, and dishware. The complex begins at the carport and parking area at the summit of the hilly site, and from there a brick path and small bridge lead to the four-level house that steps down the hill. Entrance to the house is at the second level, which contains the living and dining areas. The two upper floors accommodate the master bedroom suite and a study, and the lower floor has two bedrooms opening onto a shared sitting room. Some finishes are unusual for the architect and were requested by the clients, including the cream-colored stucco walls inside and out, the red tile roofs, and the red pavers for walks and patios and around the pools. Inside, the millwork is red oak, with darker redwood highlighting major beams. In the mid-1980s, Jones added a guest house, with an attached greenhouse, and at the bottom of a path that leads down to a lake is a pagoda-like wooden “fishing shack.”

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors



Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Don and Ellen Edmondson House", [Forrest City, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 244-245.

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