A Midcentury Masterpiece by E. Fay Jones Hits the Market at $1.8M

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By Lucy Wang
An architectural gem by a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice seeks a new buyer in Memphis.

Declared by AIA as "one of the 10 most influential architects of the 20th century," architect E. Fay Jones is renowned for his legacy of organic architecture that fuses principles learned under Frank Lloyd Wright with his own unique aesthetic influenced by his home region in The Ozarks.

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When seen from the driveway, the home’s low-lying gabled roof looks as though it touches the ground.

When seen from the driveway, the home’s low-lying gabled roof looks as though it touches the ground.

Every piece of trim was custom-made for the house.

Every piece of trim was custom-made for the house.

While the AIA Gold Medal laureate was most prolific in his native Arkansas, Jones’ inspiring work can also be found in nearby states including Tennessee, where he completed his first residence outside of his home state in 1965. 

Located in East Memphis and beautifully integrated into its surroundings, this architectural masterpiece—the largest commission of his career at that time—has surfaced on the market for $1,795,000.

A new 50-years cedar shake roof with copper flashing was installed just last year.

A new 50-years cedar shake roof with copper flashing was installed just last year.

From the impressive detailing in the custom millwork and stonework to the stellar views, the home is a sight to behold.

From the impressive detailing in the custom millwork and stonework to the stellar views, the home is a sight to behold.

Completed over the course of three years, the Memphis home at 5715 Sycamore Grove Lane was designed for Sam and Jody Hunter. The 4,300-square-foot house was sold to Barry Gildea in 2012 and has seen over $800,000 in improvements that have stayed sensitive to Jones’ original vision.

There are over 300 custom-made cabinet doors in the home, as well as custom light fixtures.

There are over 300 custom-made cabinet doors in the home, as well as custom light fixtures.

Illuminated by a newly installed skylight, the kitchen has all new stainless kitchen appliances.

Illuminated by a newly installed skylight, the kitchen has all new stainless kitchen appliances.

Marked by an abundance of vertical glazing and a long, low-lying profile, the four-bedroom, three-bath residence seamlessly blends into its 1.27-acre wooded lot. Natural light floods the interiors dressed in a locally sourced palette of cypress, flagstone, and Arkansas fieldstone, as well as custom detailing throughout.

Wrapped in cypress wood inside and out, the home embodies the principles of organic architecture.

Wrapped in cypress wood inside and out, the home embodies the principles of organic architecture.

The sliding doors and windows have been upgraded with insulated glass and copper screening.

The sliding doors and windows have been upgraded with insulated glass and copper screening.

A monumental double-faced stone fireplace anchors the living room.

A monumental double-faced stone fireplace anchors the living room.

Every surface and fixture in the house is custom and specific to the design.

Every surface and fixture in the house is custom and specific to the design.

Flagstone floors can be found throughout the home.

Flagstone floors can be found throughout the home.

Sliding glass doors connect to a patio, which has new flagstone and a waterfall fountain.

Sliding glass doors connect to a patio, which has new flagstone and a waterfall fountain.

In addition to spacious flagstone patios, the landscaping includes a running creek, rear pond, as well as a rocky wet and dry creek on site.

In addition to spacious flagstone patios, the landscaping includes a running creek, rear pond, as well as a rocky wet and dry creek on site.

The house has been outfitted with upgraded systems including the Electric HVAC, Gas HVAC, two recirculating tank-less water heaters, and new (3-200 Ampere) electrical panels.

The house has been outfitted with upgraded systems including the Electric HVAC, Gas HVAC, two recirculating tank-less water heaters, and new (3-200 Ampere) electrical panels.

5715 Sycamore Grove, Memphis, TN is now being listed by Crye-Leike Realtors for $1,795,000. See the full listing here. 

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