April 6, 2018

Preservation Personals: An Arkansas Craftsman Country House

  • By: Meghan White

Hot Springs, Arkansas, has been a popular place since the 1830s for people who believe in the healing powers of hot springs. Hot Springs National Park isn’t the only thing that put the town on the map. The city also has a lot of historic architecture that dates to around the turn of the 20th century. The Central Avenue Historic District is a great example of the town’s commercial architecture, but if you venture further out, Hot Springs has a few historic neighborhoods with a variety of different architectural styles.

You can find me in one of those neighborhoods south of downtown Hot Springs. I have over seven acres with several outbuildings, including two barns and a greenhouse that were built in the 1940s. After passing through two stone pillars flanking a gravel drive, I’m nestled between lots of tall trees that change colors in the seasons, as well as beautiful azalea bushes. My first owner chose the location because it is near the Hot Springs Golf and Country Club, which first opened in 1908. It’s just across the street, so you can conveniently play a round or two of golf every weekend.

Because I’m a Craftsman-style house, I have a lot of unique details in my construction that show the time and effort spent on building me in 1918. Craftsman windows tend to be generous in the number of panes of glass, and I’m no exception. My front doors have 12 panes of beautiful beveled glass, and you can find more beveled glass in the sidelights. At the main entrance you can also find double-hung wood windows with 18 panes of glass on the top and seven on the bottom.

My porch is used pretty frequently, and I’ll expect my new owners to keep the tradition. It wraps all the way around, providing excellent views of the landscape.

I’m 100 years old, so I’ve been modernized, of course. In 1982 my owners added 1,000 square feet. They were sure to respect my architectural integrity, so the addition’s knee brackets and wide eaves blend in with the oldest parts. I still have my original pine floors and box beam ceilings inside, as well as fieldstone fireplaces and built-in cabinets. Almost all of my wooden doors are original with original hardware. Craftsman houses can sometimes be dark inside, but I have skylights, so that’s never been an issue.

I’m in such great shape that I was added to the National Register as an example of Craftsman-style architecture in the Hot Springs area. Learn more about me here.

The low-to-the-ground exterior of this historic Craftsman home.

photo by: Larry W. Meyers

Hot Springs, AR 71913.

The living area epitomizes country charm.

photo by: Larry W. Meyers

The spacious living room has an original fieldstone fireplace.

The eating area fully takes advantage of the home's lush surroundings.

photo by: Larry W. Meyers

My newer patio offers shelter with beautiful views of Hot Springs' green landscape.

Meghan White is a historic preservationist and an assistant editor for Preservation magazine. She has a penchant for historic stables, absorbing stories of the past, and one day rehabilitating a Charleston single house.

mwhite@savingplaces.org

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