E. Fay Jones’ Must-See “Butterfly House” Up for Sale

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If you’ve spent any time in Arkansas the name E. Fay Jones is probably one of the first names to come to mind when someone mentions midcentury modern homes.

In fact, we may have mentioned him once before.

If you’re new to Jones’ work, the clean lines and use of natural materials will likely remind you of Frank Lloyd Wright — with good reason. Jones was an apprentice to Wright, and in fact was the only Wright apprentice to receive the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal.

Any trek to Northwest Arkansas should rightly include his two most stunning works – Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, and the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista.  In 2000, the AIA recognized Thorncrown Chapel as the fourth most significant structure of the 20th century.

E. Faye Jones
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Needless to say, owning a Jones-designed home is a get. And for the first time ever, Jones’ most recognized residential design — The Butterfly House — is for sale.

The home was built in 1961 for W. D. Harral, after being commissioned by the family in 1958. The same family has owned the home since it was built — meaning that whoever buys it will only be the second family to own this E. Faye Jones home.

This home has been almost completely preserved and original since construction,” said listing agent Ryan Russell.

And Russell isn’t kidding. It’s a virtual time capsule, and while you may want to update flooring and some finishes, those undeniably gorgeous steadfast features of a Jones-designed home are still there.

Two huge fireplaces. Tall ceilings. Loads of natural light. An emphasis on bringing the outside in. Natural materials.

Both the dining room and office have custom built-ins, and there is more than 3,000 square feet of secluded outdoor patio space. The home has three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths.

The Butterfly House is listed for $850,000, meaning you have plenty of money left for updates on this 4,048 square foot house sitting on more than an acre of land.