Look at the curves on this house! East Market beauty Searcy Arkansas.

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

You've got your own route to your destination?  Right?  So have I.  I drive down East Market Street near Harding University everyday.  Each day I compare the lovely old houses on the North side vs. the apartments and changes on the South side.

I especially like this house.  The court house says it was built in 1945.

East Market house

It has more curves than a fashion model!  Over the windows, over the doors, and even the roof line curves.  It appears to be a delightful mixture of brick, rock and stucco. 

But for the past few days as I drive by the door is open.  Did a renter move out?  Will the door not work?  Is it about to be demolished?  What's the story?  I'm hoping my reporter friend, Luke, can solve this mystery.  He says the house is on the Historic Register so perhaps he can educate us on this too.

AND

Searcy Sleuths, who used to live here?

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Rainer
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Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
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Great stuff Barbara. Searcy is full of great houses.

Feb 20, 2011 07:56 PM #23
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR

Charles, not as great as Eureka Springs.  We can't brag about a single haunted house!

Feb 20, 2011 08:58 PM #24
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Luke Jones

That's true, Barbara. Our best haunted house was torn down a few years ago. Searcy sleuths will know which one I mean.

I went into 704 E. Market today. It's got a lot of rooms and a lot of character - some of the ceilings need work, but Jenna and I liked it quite a bit. The east side has a room that seemed to have been a porch at one point but was boarded in and given some makeshift shelves. I also noted that very few of the doors seemed capable of actually at all. The front door definitely needs a new lock/knob mechanism, or maybe just needs to be replaced altogether. I would hate to, though, because it's huge and characteristic, almost like a castle door.

There are some nice French doors inside and quite a bit of closet space. I'd live there, to be sure.

Feb 21, 2011 12:40 AM #25
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Luke Jones

Also, take a look at this:

http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/largeImage.asp?img=ahpp_nom_markjoneshouse_large.jpg

There's a house on the other side of town that appears to be the exact mirror opposite of 704 E. Market. I note that the house is called the Mark P. Jones house, and some of you will know that name too. I would wager both houses were designed by the same person...

Feb 21, 2011 12:43 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Luke, thanks for the update on what's in the old house.  Castle door?  hauntings?  spooks?  I like the way this blog has turned.  I do not know which house you refer to as being our haunted one so the sleuths will have to provide that info.

Here is the link for the Mark P Jones house for easy clicking.  I thought I'd seen those curves before.

Feb 21, 2011 08:15 AM #27
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
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MarkPJones historic home

MarkPJones historic home

More nice curves and the house does look so like the one on Market Street! 

Feb 21, 2011 08:27 AM #28
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Anita Fuller

Barbara, as you drive down E. Market on your way to work....either today or tomorrow....might you take and post a pic. of my friend, Judy Rice's house.....it's the white house next to the Hoffman house....702 E. Market.  Notice a little curved thingee above the front windows.  I always thought that was neat.  This house had an attic you could walk around in.   After Judy's mother died, I was up in that attic:  you've never seen so many hat boxes, all with hats in them.  It was very important in those days for ladies to wear hats, esp. to church....and Mary Rice (Judy's mother) wouldn't be caught at First Baptist Church without her hat!

I'm betting that if Judy's house had been yellow brick, like the ones you have pictured, it might have been on the Register, too.

Feb 21, 2011 09:07 AM #29
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc - Bellingham, WA
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Godmother,

Some of the ladies think my curves look pretty good in this outfit. It was this outfit that made Ms Kate fall head over heels and then get rejected.

Godson

Feb 21, 2011 03:33 PM #30
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Harold Gene Sullivan

 

 

The haunted house that Luke Jones referes to must be the Armstrong house.  Some time in the past I'm sure we had a blog on her and her house.

Feb 22, 2011 01:23 PM #31
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Anita, I plan to do that.  I drove a different route today.

Nutsy, your curves are something else for sure!

Harold Gene, I still don't know about which house was meant.

Feb 22, 2011 01:58 PM #32
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Steven L. Smith
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Barbara,

That Godson is sure a looker for sure.

Feb 22, 2011 11:50 PM #33
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Dana McGary
Crye-Leike Champion Real Estate Group, Searcy, Arkansas - Searcy, AR
Realtor - White County, Arkansas

I love the architectural designs of that era.  No "cookie cutters".  Hope they are all sparred.

Feb 23, 2011 12:09 PM #34
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Luke Jones

@Harold - Maddie Armstrong? That's a story I'm going to have to delve into in the future, but no, that's not the house I was referring to.

The house I meant used to stand next to the Black House.

Feb 23, 2011 04:28 PM #35
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Dana, go inside and take a look!

Nutsy, you too.

Luke, I never thought of that one being haunted???

Feb 23, 2011 05:10 PM #36
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Anita

Luke:  surely you aren't referring to the Dr. Porter Rodger house?

Feb 23, 2011 06:47 PM #37
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, here's the house that your friend occupied.  The little eyebrow is just a little cute addition unless you were in the attic and saw that it served a purpose.

702 E Market

Feb 24, 2011 08:16 PM #38
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Closeups of the charming house.

Close up of great rock work

Antique door knob

 

Feb 24, 2011 08:42 PM #39
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Anita Fuller

 

thank you for photo'ing Judy's house.  I have had so many good times in that house, too many to even think about.  Now that you caught it so well on film, I can see two little curved thingees.  That was Judy's bedroom on the right (looking at the picture) - that's how she could lie in bed and watch/listen to the Hoffmans, sitting at their kitchen table, next door.

Feb 25, 2011 09:30 AM #40
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, what was the little curved thingee on the left (looking at the picture)?   The one taken down had the little thingees too.  See below.

eyebrows

Feb 25, 2011 09:40 AM #41
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Anita Fuller

Barbara, I have no clue as to the purpose/function of those little curved thingees.  Just decoration?  You're the expert about things like that....but now that we've started looking and mentioning them, AMAZING that there were more in Searcy.  Love that you went back to the last razed house.  I'm going to start looking for them at houses when I go places.

Feb 25, 2011 01:25 PM #42
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