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Alfrey-Brown House

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c. 1901, Robert Alfrey, builder. 1001 S. Washington St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Ralph Wilcox, photographer)

Robert Alfrey was a leading builder in the Siloam Springs area at the turn of the twentieth century. Not long after he finished this two-story frame house, it was purchased by Methodist evangelist John E. Brown, who founded the college that became John Brown University (BN34). Little altered in plan, the house is a two-story example of a form known regionally as a prow house, a T-shaped plan where the short leg of the T projects from the facade like the prow of a ship and is usually surrounded on three sides by a one-story porch, as here. Typically, the house’s main entrance occurs at the corner formed by the prow and the T-crossing.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors


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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Alfrey-Brown House", [Siloam Springs, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 41-41.

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