The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will consider the Carnahan House at Pine Bluff for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, program officials announced Wednesday.
The Carnahan House — also known as the Trotter House or the Laurel House — at 1200 S. Laurel St. reflects Craftsman and English Revival styles of architecture.
“Constructed in 1919 by the prolific architect Mitchell Seligman, the Carnahan House is an excellent example of a large-scale, English Revival and Craftsman residence,” according to the National Register nomination. “The prominent brick mass of the building, combined with the use of half timbering in each gable and the multitude of Craftsman details, including window design and ornamental brackets, make this an important example of residential architecture in the region.”
Marlene Davis-Lilly has lived in the house since about January 2010 and also serves on the Pine Bluff Historic District Commission. Davis-Lilly said she pursued the designation because of the home’s historical significance. The Carnahan family, which owned a lumber business, “made a big difference in Pine Bluff,” she said.
“I felt like their story needed to be told, and the house is part of that story,” Davis-Lilly said.
Seligman, the architect, also designed several buildings in downtown Pine Bluff, Davis-Lilly said. His work at the Carnahan House was incredibly detailed, she said, and everything had a purpose. Later, owners after the Carnahans used the expansive upstairs area as a ballroom.
“I don’t see how we could leave this out,” Davis-Lilly said. “It’s an important part of Arkansas history.”
The board meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, in Room 170 at 323 Center Street in Little Rock. A total of eight Arkansas properties will be considered for the nomination.