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Pillow-Thompson House, Phillips Community College

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1896, George F. Barber; 1997 restored. 718 Perry St.
  • (Photograph by Ruth Hawkins)
  • (Photograph by Ruth Hawkins)
  • (Photograph by Ruth Hawkins)

Jerome B. Pillow and his wife, Jane, built this outstanding example of a Queen Anne house, and their descendants occupied it until 1992, when it was donated to Phillips Community College. The two-and-a-half-story wooden house showcases a splendid display of gables, turrets, bay windows, porches, and decorative woodwork, demonstrating the status, taste, and wealth of its owner, in this case from agricultural holdings. It is one of the more flamboyant works of George F. Barber, who produced at least twenty thousand sets of plans and construction documents. Barber was a master of mass marketing, publishing catalogs of designs and plans, a book of testimonials, and a monthly magazine, all intended to stir in the reader the desire for one of his designs. Upon ordering a house plan, the aspiring homeowner received scaled plans and elevations, a sheet of color samples, and a bill of materials.

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, "Pillow-Thompson House, Phillips Community College", [Helena-West Helena, 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, 249-249.

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