Oh, No! What's going on here? Margaret Pope Estate house undergoing changes?

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Searcy's historic houses get gone, seems like, overnight.  I drove by this one two times on my way to work yesterday.  The first time there was a dump truck in the yard.  The second time the screened porch on the East side was gone. 

The house appears empty and the yard has been growing up.  It is called the Margaret Pope house, I believe, unless my historians correct me.  It's on a corner of Market Street just a few blocks from downtown Searcy Arkansas.  Several attempts have been made throughout the years to remodel it and save it. 

What is going on now?  Will it be like some of our other historic homes......gone overnight?  I took pictures just in case.  Here's one.

I also blogged about it and its four chimneys.  At least four, possibly more.  Go to that blog for more pictures of this house.

Margaret Pope Estate

 

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Charles Buell
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Barbara, it looks like it could use some TLC----and soon

Apr 24, 2010 08:28 AM #1
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Yes, Charles, it does.  When the first person tried to restore it, she discovered the floors were extremely unlevel and couldn't be repaired.  If they pushed them up to level, it would crack the walls.  You can see how it almost sinks in the center.  The next group tried it make it into a bed and breakfast by opening up the attic.  That failed after a few years and a lot of money.  The lot, however, is large and will probably hold several apartments.

Apr 24, 2010 08:52 AM #2
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Anita Fuller

One more piece of Searcy's history is going the way of the wrecking ball.  This is a sacriledge.  Having said that, I sure don't have the money or inclination to rehab. this house.....but I wish someone would have.

I had several questions to ask you, Barbara, about the house....but you've answered them in your above comments.  The house was built and lived in by my husband's cousins.  Margaret Pope had a very interesting life....she was a lady ahead of her time you might say.  When she graduated from college (my Alma Mater, Vanderbilt University)..she immediately got on a banana boat to New Orleans. Probably late or middle '40s.

Apr 24, 2010 09:46 AM #3
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, I didn't say it was being hit by the wrecking ball.  I just wonder whether it is.  It may be headed for restoration.  It was built in 1895, according to the courthouse records, and possibly there are some hardy termite families that have occupied the underside for a long time.  Way back when, they didn't spray for the little bugs, did they.  Unfortunately, too, the old houses were often built too low to the ground for treating.  If it is going down, I wanted pictures for history.

Apr 24, 2010 09:50 AM #4
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Elizabeth Bolton
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Hi Barbara ~ Fingers crossed - it's a beauty and it would be a real shame to lose it.

Liz

Apr 24, 2010 08:29 PM #5
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Elizabeth, thanks for the encouragment.  There was a big tractor there today.  Looks bad for the patient.

Apr 24, 2010 09:04 PM #6
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Steven L. Smith
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It is always scary when they start working on a historic home, or one you like as is.

Apr 25, 2010 12:00 AM #7
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Adam Malachi
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Beautiful property! It does need some preservation!

Thanks for sharing.

Adam

Apr 25, 2010 12:25 PM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Steven, it is but if you were requested to do a home inspection on one you'd kill it with the inspection, wouldn't you?  LOL

Adam, it has proven to be a money pit but I wish someone with lots of money in their pit would buy it and preserve it.

Apr 25, 2010 02:47 PM #9
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Steven L. Smith
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Godmother,

I would tell him not to if you were to profit from the sale. It is warmer hear and I bet you can understand why I have on one of my favoritist tropical fruit suits.

Godson

Apr 25, 2010 05:23 PM #10
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Nutsy, you're getting on my bad side again.  That suit is awful..................

Apr 25, 2010 07:01 PM #11
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Kate Ford
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Ms. Barbara, will you please take control of your godson's new "habits"? I think only you can intervene.

Apr 25, 2010 07:10 PM #12
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Now Kate, with all those little ones crowding around you, you have to know how the little ones will "try" your patience.  Nutsy is just the same.  He's my beloved little godson and pushes a little from time to time.  I, however, don't let him get away with anything.  He'll get rid of that awful fruit habit rapidly now that he knows I don't like it.

Apr 25, 2010 09:08 PM #13
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Ms Barbara, my four granddaughters and five grandsons are not vampires.

Apr 26, 2010 05:18 PM #14
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Ms. Kate, my little godson is just as precious as your 9 little cupcakes.  If he were a vampire, he'd be a helpful one.  He'd take blood from one person and take it to the ailing one who needed a transfusion.  He's very talented.

Apr 26, 2010 07:23 PM #15
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anyone who notices this blog....the house is still standing and they have put doorsteps at the front corner.  Perhaps they are restoring!

May 04, 2010 09:38 PM #16
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