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Walls-McCrary House

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1913, Charles L. Thompson for Thompson and Harding. 406 Jefferson St.
  • McCrary-Walls house (Photograph by Claudia Shannon)

This two-and-a-half-story house for Senator Charles Walls and his wife, Annie, is located on a large corner lot shaded by old water oak trees planted by the Walls soon after the house was built. Thompson emphasizes the then-fashionable Colonial Revival style in the two-story high portico on paired Tuscan columns, but Craftsman details in the deep eaves and rafter ends add a picturesque note to the classical formality. In 1946, the L. C. McCrary Jr. family, owners of a clothing store in Lonoke, purchased the house.

One block away at 516 Jefferson is another house (c. 1885; later alterations) once owned by a member of the McCrary family. The house was built for Judge Jacob B. Chapline and his wife, Alice, and reportedly was modeled on a residence in New Orleans they admired, thus the two-story gallery. In 1897, they sold the brick house to his sister, Sallie Chapline Trimble and her husband, Judge Thomas Clark Trimble. Their grandson, lawyer W. W. McCrary Jr. and his wife, Marjorie, inherited it. In 1940, they remodeled the house, removing the front porch, but the family’s grand-daughter, Frances M. McSwain, purchased and restored the house, beginning with recreating the front porch.

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, "Walls-McCrary House", [Lonoke, 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, 257-258.

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