June 23, 2017

Preservation Personals: Arkansas Georgian Seeks Intellectual Owners

  • By: Jared Foretek

A home for the learned, I was built in 1905 here in beautiful Fayetteville, Arkansas, by lumber magnate J.J. Baggett. A short jaunt from the University of Arkansas and our beloved Razorbacks (Woo Pig Sooie!), I served as a fraternity house following Baggett’s 1919 death.

I got a serious makeover in the 1930s by then-University President Arthur M. Harding, hence my being known as the Baggett-Harding House. Naturally, Baggett had me built with a neo-classical wood frame. But Harding’s most noteworthy change was to install my beautiful brick facade, adding texture to my Georgian style. It also stands out next to my verdant yard, azaleas, and mature trees.

Meanwhile, there’s just as much to love inside. I’ve got four bedrooms, three baths, and 4,000-square feet of stunning architectural detail. My tall ceilings and vintage lighting reinforce that you’re in a very old, and very grand house. The weather’s great here when football season rolls around in the fall and between my yard, side porte-cochere, and front porch, I make it easy to enjoy the weather.

I’ve got a four-car garage (perfect for a small guest house or “granny flat”), and you’ll need at least one for getting to War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, but Fayetteville is a very walkable community, and word’s getting out about how much the area has to offer. You can find out more here.

Arkansas Georgian exterior

photo by: Stephen Mahlum

Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701.

Arkansas Georgian formal living room

photo by: Stephen Mahlum

If you can't make it to the game, my formal living room is a great place to watch.

Arkansas Georgian exterior

photo by: Stephen Mahlum

My lush yard and mature trees have been exquisitely maintained.

Jared Foretek is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys historic train stations, old bars, and interesting public spaces.

jforetek@savingplaces.org

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