Architectural Designer Gerry Jones
Photography © Loralei Lazurek, IMAGES AZ Magazine
Carefree’s exciting architecture and sweeping vistas draw artists, designers, architects, visitors and residents who appreciate the creative integration of sculptural earth, rock, and striking desert terrain. Experience the innovation and drama of the Desert Foothills’ distinguished architectural designer and builder Gerry Jones by touring six of his signature homes on the Cave Creek Museum’s Gerry Jones Home Tour.
After serving in the Marines in World War II and Korea, Mr. Jones remained in China to study history and philosophy, and observed that ancient Buddhist monasteries were tucked directly into the mountains. When he began his career in design, he resolved to employ the terrain to its best advantage without destroying the natural mountain contours, just as the Buddhists had done centuries before.
A seasoned rock climber, Mr. Jones knew the land well. He laid out roads and lots by leading bulldozers across the land as he wove around native cacti, rocks, outcroppings, and trees. He utilized existing rocks and boulders structurally as supports for the foundations of his buildings and interior features of the spaces he created, bringing bedrock into dwelling spaces and placing homeowners into the living desert.
Tickets for the The Gerry Jones Home Tour on Sunday, March 8, 2020, are $75 each and are only available in advance through the Cave Creek Museum. Participants will visit the homes via chauffeured buses in three shifts throughout the day, 9am-noon; noon to 3pm; and 3pm to 6pm. The buses will be leaving from El Pedregal. The 2020 Gerry Jones Home Tour is not ADA compliant. Many of the Home Tour’s featured houses are multi-level with steep stairs, have long driveways with slopes, and require some walking. Please bring comfortable shoes to walk around in and water will be provided on the buses. For tickets and additional information, please visit cavecreekmuseum.org or call the Museum at 480-488-2764.