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Carnahan House

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1919–1920, Mitchell Selligman and G. A. Edelsvard. 1200 S. Laurel St.
  • (Photograph by Claudia Shannon)
  • (Photograph by Claudia Shannon)

There are a number of handsome Craftsman designs in the older residential section of Pine Bluff, and this house built for Robert and Ida Carnahan is especially handsome and well detailed. Robert Carnahan was president of coal and lumber companies and involved in banking. Constructed of red brick, the two-story house features multiple gables, some with ornamental half-timbering, a deep porch, large windows generally wider than taller, stone stringcourses and sills, deep eaves with exposed rafter tails, and brick chimneys with corbeling. The large ground-floor window is sheltered by an arched wooden canopy and flanked by square engaged piers that rise above the canopy and are large enough to carry planters. The entrance opens to a spacious reception hall with a large fireplace and a library to its right, and a stair hall extends beyond. The integrity of the interior is preserved with the original tile fireplace surrounds and mantels, tile floors, millwork, kitchen, bathrooms, ballroom, and elevator all intact. Pine Bluff architect Seligman partnered with Edelsvard only for one year, in 1919.

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, "Carnahan House", [Pine Bluff, 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, 263-263.

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