Archibald Quincy Jones is among the most influential modernist architects in the United States. Jones studied architecture at the University of Washington, graduating in 1936, before moving to Los Angeles to work with modernist architects like Douglas Honnold, George Vernon Russell, and Paul R. Williams.
In 1942, Jones received a commission as a lieutenant commander in the Navy and was discharged three years later in 1945. Upon his discharge, Jones returned to LA to open up his own architectural office where he honed his unique style and voice in modernism. Jones directed much of his focus on updating and refining accessible, postwar housing, emphasizing economical and sustainable building methods.
He was among the first designers to incorporate green common areas and greenbelts in tract housing developments. Viewing these common green spaces as a way to promote sustainability and community, Jones was passionate about merging the indoors and the outdoors.
Speaking of the indoors, Jones is considered by many to be a “designing from the inside out” architect. Rather than focus solely on the home’s exterior, Jones went to great lengths to create expansive interior spaces with efficient layouts and a reverence for the outdoors. Common features of the modern homes he designed for the postwar moderate-income family include a functional atrium, post-and-beam construction, glass walls, and high ceilings.
In addition to being an influential architect, Jones was a professor and later dean of architecture at the University of Southern California between 1951 and 1967. He designed several buildings on USC’s campus and other University of California campuses across the state.
The following homes are just a few examples of the talent this prolific modernist architect possessed.
Eichler X-100 Steel House
Commissioned by Joseph Eichler, Jones designed the Eichler Steel House with his partner Frederick Emmons in 1956. The experimental structure explored the practicality of steel as a home-building material while showcasing advanced household appliances. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
The Brody House was designed for American arts advocate, collector, and philanthropist, Frances Lasker Brody in 1949. It combines the efficiency and practicality of traditional modernist homes with Hollywood luxury and its multilateral exterior is well integrated into the surrounding landscape.
Andrew Fuller House
One of two homes that Jones built in Fort Worth, Texas, the Andrew Fuller House was built in 1953 and is a striking example of Jones’ airy, modernist style, featuring geometric lines and high ceilings. Due to being unoccupied for several years, the house fell into disrepair and was nearly demolished before it was saved and restored by a local investor.
With its wood, stone, and glass construction, the Cooper House exemplifies Jones’ talent for blurring the line between the indoors and outdoors. The design was considered to be highly advanced at the time and features a single-sloped roof complete with a wall of windows, angled walls, and mitered-glass corners—all of which are signatures of Jones’ compelling style.
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