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.
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