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The Poinsett Community Club (Singer Community House)

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1925, Watson B. Boggs. Poinsett Ave. at Main St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage)

In 1925, Alfred Carlson (see PO2), plant manager of the Poinsett Lumber and Manufacturing Company (PL&M), planned and closely guided the design and construction of this multipurpose center, and Boggs, a Mississippi engineer, drafted the plans. Located on the southern end of the eighty-acre Singer compound, the Craftsman-influenced wooden building, with its plain lines and massive forms has a porch that wraps around the front portion with cast-concrete piers and a cast-concrete balustrade that is divided into bays by recessed panels. The gabled roof’s eaves are supported on large brackets. The PL&M Company donated the materials for the building, and employees provided the labor. The building housed an assembly room, a kitchen, a library, and a gymnasium with a stage and dressing rooms. Although the club was built for employees, it served as the focal point of social and recreational activities for everyone in Trumann.

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, "The Poinsett Community Club (Singer Community House)", [Trumann, 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, 238-238.

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