Edward Vason Jones

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The Edward Vason Jones Memorial Hall, designed by Vason Jones, at the United States Department of State.
The White House Vermeil Room in 1990, before redecoration in 1991. The design shown here was done by Clement Conger and Vason Jones.

Edward Vason Jones (August 3, 1909 – October 1, 1980), a neoclassical architect and member of the Georgia School of Classicism, began his career in 1936 with the design and construction of the Gillionville Plantation near his hometown of Albany, Georgia. The project impressed Hal Hentz of the well-known Atlanta firm of Hentz, Reid, and Adler so much that he hired Vason Jones as draftsman and superintendent of construction, despite his lack of formal training in architecture.

In 1948, after a brief period spent designing warships for the U.S. Navy in Savannah, he established his own practice in Albany, where he worked until his death in 1980 .

His works include the first renovations to the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Reception Rooms from 1965 to 1980, renovations to the White House during the Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter administrations, work at the Mississippi Governor's Mansion, and dozens of neoclassical residential projects. A summer 2007 refurbishment of the Green Room at the White House retained his drapery and cornice design.

One of the reception rooms he designed at the State Department was named the "Edward Vason Jones Memorial Hall" in his honor.

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  1. ^ Star Tribune (Minneapolis), July 16, 1967, page 62.

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