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Drew County Historical Museum (Pattie and Garvin Cavaness House)

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1906–1916, Garvin Cavaness. 404 S. Main St.
  • (Photograph by Ruth Hawkins)

This two-and-a-half-story house is built entirely of concrete block. Beginning in 1906 businessman Cavaness used a concrete block molding kit to make the blocks. (A block molding apparatus used during the construction period remains on display on the grounds of the museum.) The house features a massive portico of eight tapered Ionic columns made of concrete blocks across the front. Even the Ionic capitals were of molded concrete. Windows on three of four of the building’s sides are given emphasis by elaborate precast concrete hood molds. In 1965 the house was acquired by the Drew County Historical Society and since then has been operated as a museum. Two log cabins, one dating to 1818 and the other to 1819, are on the grounds.

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, "Drew County Historical Museum (Pattie and Garvin Cavaness House)", [Monticello, 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, 212-213.

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