Adobe Restoration

EDWARD JONES HOUSE, Paradise Valley, AZ

Arizona Governor's Award in Historic Preservation, 1997

National Register of Historic Places, 1998

In 1932 Edward L. Jones designed his Mediterranean/pueblo style house with an eye for monumentality and symmetry.  Like his neighbors who were building adobe houses with bricks dug on site, he had a romantic yearning for the Old West.

 before

In 1990, vines that covered the vacant house were growing inside through rotted windows.  Considerable work was needed to restore the massive walls, outbuildings, and outdoor spaces which included an arched portales, a dove cote, patios, and trellised sleeping porches.  The project took five years of painstaking labor with remarkable local artisans and consultants including Ken Jones, who lived in what had been his parents' guest house next door.

 

In the portales, an adobe kiva fireplace replaced a 1970's one.  We adopted Rumford's principles from Orton's The Forgotten Art of Building a Good Fireplace to the Native American design.  A drainage soffit was replaced with copper downspouts that matched the original ones and supplied new planters with gray water.

We stripped and refinished stone archways, scored concrete floors, hand-hewn redwood beams and doors and locally crafted ironwork.  We matched subtle plaster patterns. Original room proportions were restored by tearing out  dropped ceilings, soffits and built-ins.  

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