Villa Marre was built by saloonkeeper Angelo Marre and his wife, Jennie, in a picturesque combination of Italianate and Second Empire styles. The tall narrow windows, prominent window hoods, and small central tower are characteristic of the former, while the distinctive mansard roof and iron cresting are typical of the latter. Several of the early-twentieth-century residents of the house were active in politics, including Governor Jeff Davis, who lived in the house in 1901–1902, and Judge Edgar Burton Kinsworthy, Arkansas’s attorney general from 1895 to 1899. However, some people will recognize the building as the Sugarbaker House from the 1980s television show Designing Women, a series that was produced by Little Rock native Harry Thomason.
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