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Charles and Eliza Humphrey House

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c. 1885, attributed to George F. Barber. 253 Spring St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Ralph Wilcox, photographer)

Spring Street between the Palace Hotel (CR9) and Rosalie (CR15) winds up the mountainside in a continuous display of Victorian era architecture, from the simplest houses to several of the most flamboyant examples to be seen anywhere. This residence, built for Charles and Eliza Humphrey, who came to Eureka Springs in the early 1880s from Illinois, is the city’s most appealing Queen Anne building. The house resembles Design No. 37 in George F. Barber’s Cottage Souvenir No. 2 (1891). Local builders altered the Barber plan here to accommodate the site, which slopes steeply to the rear. From its asymmetrical floor plan to its exterior elevations, the house embodies the visual dynamism of the style. Particularly recognizable Queen Anne elements are the bold round frame of the forward bay of the front porch, a conspicuous polygonal tower, and the spiky roof. Other George F. Barber designs in Eureka Springs are probable but not documented.

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, "Charles and Eliza Humphrey House", [Eureka 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, 70-71.

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