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George Washington and Ida Bottoms House

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1910, Bayard Witt. 500 Hickory St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead)

This two-and-a-half-story brick house is one of Texarkana’s largest, most eclectic houses, and one with the most unusual proportions. Steel I-beams used in the construction made possible the dramatic horizontality of the house’s overall massing and especially the long front porch, which extends to form a porte-cochere on the north. The simple rectangular massing and the uniform color of salmon brick walls and tile roof form the background for a strong play of interlocking verticals and horizontals. Verticals are formed principally by the massive twin brick piers that flank the entrance and penetrate the porch roof to form a small balcony. The sweeping horizontals and the low, broad urns crowning the porch piers hint at the Prairie Style, not generally popular in Arkansas, whereas the half-timbering in the central dormer and gable ends, the exposed rafter ends, and the rich textures of stucco, brick, tile, and limestone speak of Craftsman preferences. The Tudor-arched entrance door is framed by a transom and sidelights in beveled glass with a tulip pattern. A massive central staircase in the large foyer rises from a screen of Tudor arches at the base of the stairs. The same arched theme appears in balustrade, paneling, and mantels downstairs. George Washington Bottoms, a native of Virginia, moved to Texarkana in 1873 and became one of the region’s most prosperous lumbermen around the turn of the twentieth century.

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, "George Washington and Ida Bottoms House", [Texarkana, 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, 186-186.

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