Seven Arkansas Properties Listed on National Register of Historic Places

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program - Friday, September 29, 2017

LITTLE ROCK—Seven Arkansas properties have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s official list of historically significant properties.

The newly listed properties are:

* Henry “Harry” Charles Pernot House at Van Buren in Crawford County, built 1900-1904, exhibits elements of the Queen Anne and Second Empire styles of architecture. “Although the Pernot House includes many characteristically Queen-Anne style ornamentations, the form of the house is mainly Second Empire style in design,” according to the National Register nomination. The Second Empire style was inspired by French Renaissance traditions and included steeply pitched roofs with towers and generally restrained window patterns. The Pernot House falls under the tower variant of the Second Empire style.”




* Johnson-Portis House at West Memphis in Crittenden County, a Tudor Revival-style building erected 1936-38. “The construction and design of the Johnson-Portis House illustrates the growth and development of the Tudor Revival style in eastern Arkansas, and the influences of the latest architectural fashion throughout the first part of the twentieth century,” according to the National Register nomination. “The development of West Memphis and the lumber industry in the area during the early 1900s brought a lot of wealth to the area, which also allowed residents to hire the era’s fashionable architects, such as Mahan & Woods, to design high-style residences using the latest architectural styles.”





* Scull Historic District at Conway in Faulkner County, consisting of a pair of ca. 1928 decorative concrete block residences. “The Scull Historic District has two of the few remaining examples of ornamental concrete-block buildings in Conway,” according to the National Register nomination. “The two houses on Conway Boulevard are unique examples of Craftsman style concrete-block construction. The physical appearances of both dwellings largely maintain the original design and the concrete-block is in good condition. It is believed that both dwellings were built by concrete-block contractor Ferdinand Lawrence Scull.”




* Arkansas Research and Test Station in Montgomery County, constructed ca. 1965, includes a a parabolic antenna and an associated operations building. “The Arkansas Research Test Station is a well-preserved example of a parabolic antenna used to advance both the technical skills of employees as well as to test the feasibility of multiple-access satellite communication used by the Hughes Aircraft Company,” according to the National Register nomination. “By 1965-66, the age of space and satellite communication was being thrust upon the American public, and would change the way the world communicates thanks in part to the work and research conducted at the Arkansas Research Test Station.”




* Jewel Bain House No. 4 at Pine Bluff in Jefferson County, a ca. 1965 building with a design inspired by Japanese architecture. “The Bain House No. 4 is one of four houses that Jewel Bain designed for her family in Pine Bluff between the 1920s and 1960s,” according to the National Register nomination. “Although not a formally trained architect, Jewel Bain had a keen sense of design, which is displayed in the houses that she designed. … The Bain House shows hallmark characteristics of the Japanese influence, most notably with the striking blue tile roof that was imported from Japan. Even the small outbuilding, which is designed to look like a teahouse, shows the Japanese influence in the property’s design.”





* Dr. Charles H. Kennedy House at North Little Rock in Pulaski County, built in 1964 from a Mid-Century Modern design by architect Warren Segraves. “The Kennedy House represents an outstanding example of the Mid-Century Modern style of architecture in North Little Rock and an excellent example of Segraves’ philosophy,” according to the National Register nomination. “The interrelation between indoors and outdoors, the lack of ornamentation, and the use of windows to allow privacy were hallmarks of the style. The house that Warren Segraves designed really exhibits the characteristics of the style, and is an excellent example of the style.”




* West-Blazer House at Jacksonville in Pulaski County, a Plain Traditional-style residence constructed around 1912. The building is “an important example of a vernacular, wood-frame dwelling constructed by a local carpenter,” according to the National Register nomination. “The period of significance, from c. 1912 to c. 1930, was selected as it most likely encompassed the major early additions to the home that resulted in its current configuration. This period of significance also encompasses the period when the Ebenezer community was at its height as a cohesive rural community with an active local school, church, and multiple businesses.”

The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives.

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