National Register of Historic Places Gains Three Arkansas Properties

Three Arkansas properties, two in Magnolia and one in Fayetteville, have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The two Magnolia properties are the president’s house at Southern Arkansas University and the Rushton Clinic at 219 N. Washington St., according to an Arkansas Historic Preservation Program news release.

The president’s house was built in 1958, was designed by Little Rock’s Wittenberg Delony & Davidson firm and is considered an example of mid-century modern style. It cost $73,138.60 to build.

“The design of the president’s house also reflects the increased relationship between the indoors and outdoors, as well as the issue of privacy in house design,” the National Register nomination says.

The Rushton Clinic is a “textbook example” of Art Moderne style, the release says. The style was rarely seen in smaller Arkansas towns during its height of popularity in the 1930s.

The Fayetteville property is the Adrian Fletcher House at 6725 Huntsville Road. It was built in 1957 on a $10,000 budget and designed by famed Arkansas architect E. Fay Jones, after whom the University of Arkansas’ architecture school is named. It was also the home of former President Bill Clinton from 1973 to 1974.

“Due to its high degree of integrity, the Adrian Fletcher residence continues to convey its significance as an early house that shows important aspects of Fay Jones’ design,” the Register’s nomination says. “The house is a part of the beginnings of Fay Jones’ career, and, as his first home to receive an [American Institute of Architects] award, is very significant in his work.”

Historic Register nominations are honorary and do not hold any protective powers. To remain listed, properties must retain the qualities that rendered them significant enough to be listed.