A Pine Bluff residence will be considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s State Review Board when the panel meets in Little Rock Dec. 5.
The Jewel Parnell Bain House No. 2, located at the corner of West 36th Avenue and South Cherry Street, was constructed 1n 1937, during the Great Depression.
Designed in the Art Monderne style of architecture, it is described as “boxy with stringcourse to emphasize its horizontal lines.”
Of steel construction, it includes structural carrera glass. It is believed that Bain was inspired in the design by magazines and homes featured in the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair.
Bain, who died in January 1996 at 91 and was a life-long Pine Bluff resident, designed four houses. She learned on her own how to draw floor plans and rough elevations, and then hired professional architects to draw the blueprints. The homes were built between 1924 and 1965 in various styles that also included Craftsman and Japanese.
The National Register nomination cited Bain as being a “member of a very select group of women in Arkansas involved in architectural design, and Bain may be the only woman designer to have buildings constructed.”
The board will also be considering the Beard House near Rison in Cleveland County for nomination to the Arkansas Register of Historic Places. The state register recognizes historically noteworthy places that aren’t eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
The board will meet at 9 a.m. Dec. 5 in Room 170 of the Tower Building at 323 Center Street in Little Rock.
For more information on the National Register, write to the AHPP at 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center Street, Little Rock, Ark. 72201, call 501-324-9880 (TDD 501-324-9811), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Web site www.arkansaspreservation.org.
The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency that identified, evaluates, registers and preserves the state’s cultural resources.