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Property Name President's House
Reference Number 13000315
State Arkansas
County Columbia
Town Magnolia
Street Address South Side of East Farm Road east of Washington Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 5/28/2013
Areas of Significance
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The former Southern Arkansas University President's House, located on the campus of Southern Arkansas University, in Magnolia, Columbia County, Arkansas, is being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C with local significance for its importance as a good residential example of the Mid-Century Modern style of architecture. Built in 1958, and designed by the noted Arkansas firm of Wittenberg, Delony and Davidson, the President's House represented a departure from the Colonial Revival style that had been used for most other of the university's buildings at the time. Referred to as the Contemporary style in McAlester's A Field Guide to American Houses the President's House exhibits many of the characteristics of the style, including wide overhangs, a flat roof, contrasting wall materials and textures, and unusual window shapes and placements.


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