University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

John Wesley Jones drawings

1940s-1980s, undated



Collection Summary

Creator Jones, John Wesley (1906-1997)
Title John Wesley Jones drawings
Dates 1940s-1980s, undated
Abstract John Wesley Jones was an architect who worked primarly in Fort Worth, Dallas, and San Antonio, Texas. The collection documents approximately 290 of Jones' designs in 128 rolls and spans the length of his career. Working predominantly on residential homes, Jones' architectural style is noted for his mid-century modern focus.
Identification JONES 2016019
Quantity 128 rolls of drawings
Respository: Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of John Wesley Jones

John Wesley Jones was born on August 18, 1906 on Jones Ranch, Nocona, Texas. His family moved to Fort Worth in 1924. Following his graduation from Central High School in 1927, he briefly attended the University of Oklahoma from 1927-1928. He soon left his studies, returned to Fort Worth, and began his architectural career training with Manville Irwin in 1929. From 1930-1935, Jones was an associate for Humber Hammond Crane. Crane would go on to co-sponsor Jones’ application for The American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1953.

Beginning in 1936, Jones went on an extensive tour of Europe before settling in Paris. He visited Greece, Malta, Morocco, Crete, Italy, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Great Britain. In Paris, he studied at Beaux Arts in 1936 and Leon Atelier from 1937-1938. He also married Ann Walker (1905-1974) in 1938 after meeting in Paris. Following his return to Fort Worth with his wife, he earned his architecture license in 1939. In 1942, his daughter, Qouidi was born. His son, John (Sandy) Wesley Jones Jr. followed in 1944. He maintained his first practice in Fort Worth and expanded his services to Dallas.

For a great portion of his career, Jones was self-employed and worked primarily on residential homes. Other projects Jones worked on were commercial and medical buildings, schools, churches, hotels, and apartment complexes. He was noted for his mid-century modern style. Some of his key design elements included a garden concept, natural light, use of space, and a stone wall in the living room. Jones was also involved in furniture design. He served as a design consultant with a furniture manufacturing company where he also maintained stock.

Following his divorce, Jones married Marilyn Bragg in 1970. She joined his practice in 1973 to oversee the business side. In 1976, Jones incorporated his business and moved his office to San Antonio, Texas, but continued to work in Dallas. In 1983, Jones returned to Fort Worth for a new apartment complex project. By 1988, Jones’ business practice was limited due to his advanced age. John Wesley Jones died on September 28, 1997.

Sources:

Star-Telegram. "The legacy of architect John Wesley Jones' homes," Accessed February 15, 2017. http://www.star-telegram.com/living/indulge/indulge-homes/article3852002.html

Legacy.com."Marilyn Bragg Jones." Accessed February 15, 2017. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dallasmorningnews/obituary.aspx?n=marilyn-bragg-jones&pid=89872882.

The AIA Historical Directory of American Architects, s.v. "John Wesley Jones," (ahd1022634), Accessed Febraury 15, 2017. http://public.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/ahd1022634.aspx.

"John Wesley Jones Chronology" compiled by G. Quentin McGown, May 2016


Scope and Content of the collection

Spanning the 1940s-1980s, the collection consists of 128 rolls of drawings of residential homes, commercial properties, medical buildings, school, apartments, and churches detailing John Wesley Jones' architectural style and career.


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Creator(Persons):

Jones, John Wesley, 1906-1997

Subjects:

Architecture--Texas.
Mid-century modern (Architecture).
Architecture, Domestic--Texas.
Residential architecture.

Document types:

Architectural drawings (visual works)

Administrative Information

Citation

John Wesley Jones drawings, Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

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References to works by or about John Wesley Jones

-- compiled by Irene Lule

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Robinson, Gaile, "The legacy of architect John Wesley Jones' homes," Star-Telegram, April 2, 2014.

Jones, John Wesley, Membership Files, The American Institute of Architects Archives, The AIA Historical Directory of American Architects, s.v. "Brown, Arthur Thomas," (ahd1022634), http://public.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/ahd1022634.aspx (accessed February 17, 2017).

"John Wesley Jones Chronology" compiled by G. Quentin McGown, May 2016


Detailed Description of the Collection

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Series A: Drawings, 1940s-1980s, undated

Series Abstract
This series comprises 128 rolls of drawings documenting John Wesley Jones' architectural style and career. The bulk of the collection consists of drawings for residential homes and renovations. The remaining drawings focus on commericial and medical buildings, schools, churches, and apartment complexes. An electronic index is available in two formats as an access tool to assist patrons who wish to locate Jones' drawings. Click to download either a Word or PDF version of the inventory.