Fit for a Queen: Padre Bay Home Builders creates masterpiece for philanthropist Barbara Barrington Jones


Barbara Barrington Jones recently moved into her new home in Highland, built by Denzel Brown of Padre Bay Homebuilders. On the front door, Barbara has inscribed, “This house has been built and dedicated to our Heavenly Father. We ask all those who enter to pray that He will always use it for His benefit.”

Since Barbara Barrington Jones moved to Utah County a decade ago, she has created homes for others.

She donated funds to build the Wee Care Center at UVU so students can attend classes while their children are taken care of in a beautiful facility. She gave the Museum of Natural Curiosity a home by purchasing the naming rights for the Thanksgiving Point building. And she gave ballerinas a home with her Barbara Barrington Jones Ballet West Academy in Lehi.

And now this generous philanthropist is moving into her own home in Highland — a 10,000-square-foot artistic masterpiece built by Denzel Brown of Padre Bay Homebuilders. The home tells the story of her life and combines her previous homes in San Francisco, Dallas and her cottage in Lehi. The home took three years to build as Barbara added, tweaked, changed and fussed over the details. And Denzel was right behind her every step and gold-leafed change along the way.

New meets old

The armoire in the kitchen belonged to Barbara’s late husband, Hal Jones. Inside the antique wooden doors is a brand-new flat screen. Throughout the home, modern conveniences are placed alongside historic pieces. The wooden arch above the sink was previously a headboard.

“Mandolin Lady”

Barbara cried the first time she saw the “Mandolin Lady” painting. At one point, it was sold in a Paris auction for $150,000. Laura Jarman of Dear Lizzie designed the wall and lights to frame this painting, as well as the draperies and furnishings throughout the home.

Baby grand lullaby

The exquisite master bedroom includes a player piano. “My husband bought it and told me he wanted me to always feel like I was in Nordstrom and not go out shopping,” Barbara laughs.

Stained class

The closet includes a stained glass piece by world-renowned Tom Holdman — a friend of Barbara’s. The glass depicts Barbara on two stages. First, as the queen in Ballet West’s production of “Sleeping Beauty.” Second, as a young professional ballerina which Barbara was for many years before marrying and having two children. Tom added the sun as a representation that God has inspired Barbara’s life and guided her to lift others.

The hats’ room

The closet also includes Barbara’s hat collection, which is her signature fashion statement.

High-class bath

From the bedroom we go to the master bathroom, which includes one of 10 fireplaces in the home, a hidden TV in the mirror and 6-foot bronze cranes adacent to the shower.

For the studious philanthropist

Barbara’s study showcases her countless awards for philanthropy, community building and teaching throughout the world.

Art runs the home

The main floor family room was designed around these two larger-than-life paintings. Barbara purchased them after the home was under construction, and they didn’t fit the space. One day later, Denzel of Padre Bay Homebuilders had extended the wall by 18 inches to accommodate Barbara’s art. The frame around the central mirror is made of Tahitian rosewood and came from a 15th century temple.

Hidden book reference

Barbara designed this pink-and-gold room on the second floor in memory of her grandmother. The door on the right side opens up to the hidden room (see next photo) based on the book “The Hiding Place.” Art, ancestral photos and miniatures dot nearly every inch.

The hidden room

The hidden room is connected to the pink-and-gold room.

Castle roots

The stained-glass lion originally hung in Floyd Holdman’s “Noni Castle” in Lindon. His son, Tom, removed the window and put it in Barbara’s home as a gift.

On the hunt

The upstairs showcases Barbara’s late husband’s love for hunting (middle).

Home is for family

One of the upstairs bedrooms tells Barbara’s family tree in photo form.

Mission life

The basement includes two apartments — one for LDS missionaries and the other for the Distinguished Young Women winners who come for a week-long training in Barbara’s home.

Please enter

Barbara’s two-story entry way into her Highland home includes the doorway from her Dallas home.

Community ties

Barbara’s exercise room is adorned with framed scrapbooks of Barbara’s years as a professional ballerina and her generosity, including her work with Matt Holland at UVU where she has been a donor on many projects. “Matt calls me ‘Boots McCoy’ because I’m from Texas,” Barbara smiles. Her relationships in the community have enriched her days since moving to Utah County a decade ago. One of her most treasured friendships is with Denzel Brown, her builder who calmly, professionally and patiently took care of every detail in this unique home.

Round she goes

The upper wall in Barbara’s family room includes carousel paintings from Golden Gate Park in California, where Barbara used to take her two children. The carousel was torn down in 1976. This three-piece carousel art set was hanging the home of Laura Jarman, owner of Dear Lizzie Boutique. As a friend and designer for Barbara, Laura knew of her love for carousels and delighted Barbara with these sentimental pieces that fit perfectly above the main-floor room and are visible from the open walkway on the second story.


Barbara raves about Denzel Brown, owner of Padre Bay Homebuilders and the project manager of her 10,000-square-foot home. “I think he has a magic wand,” she says. “He always created a solution for my ideas. I truly can’t say enough about him.”


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