1894 Queen Anne – Texarkana, AR

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711 Pecan St, Texarkana, AR 71854

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  • $55,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2758 Sq Ft
  • 0.18 Ac.
The A.H. Whitmarsh house was listed in the National registry of historic places on 8/29/1980. The home was built in 1894 by Mr. Whitmarsh who was the general manager for the Buchanan Lumber Company in Texarkana. The interior wood work is amazing, the tiles around the fireplaces you just will not see anywhere. The current owner has just finished putting on a new roof, old shingles were stripped off and any rotten wood was replaced and new tar paper and shingles installed. New plumbing to the upstairs bathroom has also been installed as well as a new hot water heater. There is still much work to bring back this magnificent home to it's original grandeur, but just how proud will you be when you step into your new 1894 home. If you are up to the task give me a call!
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49 Comments on 1894 Queen Anne – Texarkana, AR

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  1. LynnLynn says: 74 comments
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    OMG!! I am in love. The woodwork is absolutely gorgeous. I think this is the most beautiful staircase I have seen yet. My favorite used to be the big white Monmouth, IL house, but I think this staircase even trumps that one. Its such a shame that this one is in a commercial area. Maybe a law firm office could buy this one and fix it up for its offices, as long as they leave its character. Or maybe someone with enough money could move it to another location, although I usually don’t advocate for that. It does look like a Barber house, however I will also consult my resources to see if I can find which design it is. Thank you so much John for sending this one in. I really enjoyed viewing it.

  2. Sue S. says: 279 comments

    LOVE the hunting scene fireplace tiles, and so much more! Hope someone saves this beaut.

  3. Ross says: 2481 comments

    OMG is right!

    This is one of the most stunning houses I have ever seen.

    I never so wanted to use Time Travel Street View! The neighborhood must have been filled with such houses.

    It lonely isolation is now so sad.

    To me though, the house would compensate for the commercial area. And, I would have easy access to French fries daily! (A McDonald’s is across the street.)

    I agree, Lynn, the place seems ideal as offices for lawyers or something.

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  4. Jim R. says: 53 comments

    Head over heels for this house! But oh what a location dilemma; moving it might be best after all; rather forlorn looking street, which I could maybe take, but the “neighbor” across the street just kills the residential potential, doesn’t it? Those interiors look ready for filming a vampire romance, too.

  5. says: 38 comments

    I want to Time Travel too! Sure hope someone saves this gem. George Barber designed homes are just timeless.

  6. Jim R. says: 53 comments

    And I meant that about a vampire romance in a good way! *LOVE* the interior….

  7. Kathy Henn says: 2 comments

    Love the leaded glass window above the front door. Awesome!

  8. John Shiflet says: 5429 comments

    Spent over half an hour writing comments and then my AT&T DSL service failed-I’ve had their repair techs out five times since Dec. 4th. (sorry to rant) Anyhow, this house has all the whistles and bells lovers of towered Queen Annes appreciate. It would be a tremendous bargain but for its location. The house was last used as a law office but apparently the required maintenance was too much. A 1888 Bird’s-eye map of Texarkana shows almost nothing on Pecan street at that time so it appears the neighborhood developed in the 1890’s. While I like almost all of the period details, the wild swirls and burls of the Pine (either Southern Yellow or Loblolly) staircase wainscot are rare and highly coveted. The original owner being in the lumber business probably accounts for this rarely seen form of Pine wood. I’ve only seen a few uses of this highly figured Pine in East Texas Victorian era homes where the Pine trees were native and eagerly harvested in the late 19th century. Any buyer might want to consider moving the house to a more cohesive residential context (and could then sell the lot for commercial use and recoup some of the moving costs) or take advantage of the location and repurpose the house as a bed & breakfast operation. After putting in a pool, extensive landscaping, a Gazebo, and other amenities the fully restored house would be very attractive and appealing. I love that little has been changed here-even the ornate entry door still has the old blackened shellac. The Alva H. Marsh house is one of my favorites!

  9. Dianne says: 3 comments

    Looks like the lot next door is also for sale. Buying that with the house plus installing a good fence could provide some insulation from commerce. There are several beautiful homes further down Pecan Street and obviously there was a grand house next door at one time judging by the sidewalk and size of the lot. Also there are three old and beautiful churches not far from the house. Pecan Street was probably “the” place to live at one time. Not much to recommend this part of town now with regard to a residential area.

    There is, however, an antique store across from the vacant lot. Realtor should consider aggressively marketing the house to them for restoration to be used as a shop to display their wares. Lots of those kinds of places in the old historic town where I live. Works really well for everyone plus in some areas of the country there are tax breaks for historical properties.

  10. lara janelara jane says: 490 comments
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    What a little gem! I adore the rays of sunshine in the front gable.

  11. Sage says: 52 comments

    The exterior is so pretty. What a treasure in the waiting!

  12. JimmyGlenn Greenway says: 7 comments

    This is the epitome of my fantasy Victorian House…I want it so much. I so hope it is saved and appreciated.

  13. AudreyAudrey says: 105 comments

    I remember this house well from my trip there at least 5 years ago. It looks exactly the same. I remember that it look like the windows in the tower were out then so I don’t know what is up with that. The interior is even more breathtaking than I could’ve imagined. The house itself stand out like a jewel and is easily the most beautiful in town. Texarkana is unique that the downtowns divided in half, Texas & Arkansas.

  14. Lynn says: 74 comments

    I just had another idea for a possible use for this house. I live close to a small town that has successfully revitalized its historic area and one of the things someone did was to put in a hair salon and spa into one of the old houses. I’ve never been inside, however they have been in business for quite a few years. Maybe a salon of tea house or similar. Just an idea.

  15. Sharon M says: 48 comments

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous. If anyone knows what Design Plan # this is, I hope they post it here. I too am a George F. Barber fan and I think I see a lot of his trademarks in this one. The staircase alone is stunning. Whenever I look at a house built over a century ago, I am in awe of the craftmanship that went into it. Especially when you know they didn’t have all the building conveniences of today’s contractors and craftsmen. Hard to imagine how many hours went into that staircase alone. Sure hope someone comes along and saves this treasure.

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  16. says: 201 comments

    im from Texarkana, I think this was owned by a ‘lawyer’? shame windows are out, that’s gonna go down fast, with water damage, birds, bugs, etc…maybe theowner shud do some basic things, like finish painting outside, replace windows. etc. then it would sell faster.

  17. Ross says: 2481 comments

    Something I have never understood, never, is how houses like this can reach some a perilous state. To me, it is like leaving a great work of art, like a painting by Monet, out in the rain to rot.

    If you replicated this house, using the same quality woods and craftsmanship, it would cost like $1.5M.

    But this house is a hard sell at a relative pittance.

    I just don’t get it.

    It also mystifies me that this great county even allows this kind of depredation across the land. We can always find the trillions needed to fight wars, and billions to bail out auto companies, but to develop a program that helps protect our historic heritage? Impossible!

    In England, grand country houses were routinely pulled down for decades. Then around 1970s a national awareness emerged that a great cultural heritage was being lost. Today, it would be unthinkable to demolish a country house, and even illegal.

    So, what I yearn for America has some precedent.

    Imagine a stimulus package whereby hundreds of thousand of historic buildings across the land could be restored. Now THAT is something I would like to see. Oh, and fixed-rail trolley systems being reinstated!

  18. Betsy says: 159 comments

    It is indeed a lovely lovely house.In relatively good shape, but then again they don’t show all of it.

    Happy to hear their is a new roof and water heater. Now at least board up the tower windows !

  19. Pam says: 14 comments

    I so agree.

  20. Jim R. says: 53 comments

    I’ve been back to this page about four or five times since Friday. The more I look at it, the more willing I get to live across the street from a McDonald’s.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11882 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      All the fries and fried apple “pies” you could have, through rain, sleet or snow it’s just a stroll away! I think my husband would be happy as clams, living across the street from an endless supply of fries.

      Maybe someone who needs an office downstairs and place to live upstairs will buy it. I’d love to see it a home again, versus just offices.

  21. Ross says: 2481 comments

    You wrote: Maybe someone who needs an office downstairs and place to live upstairs will buy it.

    That is a nice idea.

    Also, that is what sold the Cross House on me. It was large enough for my business, and my home. I love a short commute!

    Oh! McDonald’s should buy the house for a Ronald McDonald House!

  22. Marcia Ames says: 24 comments

    Don’t say that! McDonald’s cannot be trusted to do the right thing! They bought one of the few Second Empire houses in my city and demolished it to build a “new” Ronald McDonald house. It was not in bad shape, and had been used as offices previously. There were other lots in the area that could have worked without demolishing a perfectly good old house. I will never donate to them again no matter how much I admire the service they supply.

  23. Jim R. says: 53 comments

    It’s Official: I have developed an unhealthy fixation on this house.

    I decided to venture over to Wikipedia to read up on Texarkana. I won’t say much, you all know how to find Wikipedia, but will hint that there is information lurking in the entry that will serve a cautionary role to even helpless romantics who read it.

    There is also a semi-famous serial killer associated with the town, and some sort of Bigfoot relation living nearby; whether those are pros or cons is for you to decide.

    Well, the site *is* named “Old House Dreams”, not “Practical, Financially Viable, Eminently Do-able Pre-Owned Residential Property Opportunities”!

    When it comes to affordable Victorian project houses, maybe I’ll shift my focus to Emporia, KS!

  24. Texarkana Piggie says: 1 comments

    It had beautiful stained glass windows original to the house. Right after my friend closed on it, someone stole all the stained glass windows out. He looked at flea markets etc for them but never could find them.

    • lee says: 1 comments

      Hi T-Piggie, I have visited this house and walked it recently. What part of the house was the stained glass stolen from? And when was it taken? Curious to see what it looked like, any details would be appreciated 🙂

  25. josh says: 1 comments

    Yup house is in bad hood. Theres another very similar to it across the road from mickey d’s
    drive by them every day.

  26. Ross says: 2481 comments

    Dear Jim R,

    You wrote: “When it comes to affordable Victorian project houses, maybe I’ll shift my focus to Emporia, KS!”

    Yes! Please!

  27. Brook says: 1 comments

    My great-great grandfather was A. H. Whitmarsh.
    Over the years, this house has been private
    Homes and law offices. It makes me wish I
    could fix it up and keep It in the family!
    What a gorgeous home! Proud to have
    A link to this beauty!

  28. L.J.Wallace says: 1 comments

    It was a law office at one time. Two different lawyers had it. The second lawyer hired someone to work on it and they’re the ones that put the beautiful blue on there. Then they didn’t show up again. As for commercial, it does have a McDonald’s in front of it and a couple of busy streets it’s not exactly middle of a big city. It’s fairly quiet where it’s at. Most of the houses around it have been torn down. There’s not a lot of busy businesses there.

  29. Chris DiMattei says: 270 comments

    I do believe this to be a Barber designed home, but I have never been able to locate any documentation in support of this. Brook, perhaps you have some within your family history that you can share with me? Nevertheless, I have it in my database as a Barber design. One of the principal arguments in favor of this determination, other than the character of the architecture, is the fact that there were four other confirmed Barber designs built in Texarkana, only one of which is still extant. I have been studying this home for quite some time now, and I can tell you that it is deteriorating rapidly. If someone is going to save this gem, it needs to be done right away. At the very least, the citizens of Texarkana should be rallying to save this home with a fundraising event targeted at securing the home, preventing further damage, and facilitating its sale to a sympathetic buyer. Here’s hoping . . .

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11882 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks Chris. I hope someone will hurry up and buy it also, this is one house that I would cry if it were lost due to neglect/vandalism. Looking at the street view, I can only imagine how the neighborhood was, at one time, lined with Victorian beauties.

  30. Jim Collins says: 47 comments

    Using Google Street View, “ride” down the street a little bit to the next block. There are several other vintage Victorians that either have been, or are being restored. It’s a shame that this one is all by itself a block down.

  31. Brandy says: 1 comments

    This house would make a perfect bed and breakfast.

  32. Jeannie If Only says: 1 comments

    I have loved and longed for this house since I was a child! The thought of it being vandalized or further failing without restoration and love is heartbreaking. It is history and pure beauty. The purchase of the house is a non issue, bringing it back to life… If only my heart and hard work were enough, as well as a budget. My wish is someone comes forward to make her the beauty she once was.

  33. Karlie Pearson says: 1 comments

    My husband painted this house for the attorney Jimmy Davis at one time… this is an amazing house… hopefully someone can bring it back to its original glory! I wish we could!!

  34. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11882 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Sold for $45,000! Someone got a deal, even if you consider the location and amount of work needed.

  35. Ross says: 2481 comments

    Thanks for the update, Kelly! I would love to learn if the new owner plans a restoration! This is such a GREAT house. Major yummy!

  36. Jem Rose Koontz says: 1 comments

    Having lived in a Victorian home in PA for several years as a child, I can say there is no experience equal to it. After moving to Texarkana area in 1985 I spotted this magnificient work of art. I am so drawn to it, sometimes sit across the street and just look at it. It is as if the essence of this house is entwined around my very soul. It speaks to me.

  37. satis5d says: 1 comments

    I am in the process of moving into the Victorian down the street (600 Pecan) which is being renovated and re-painted. The house at 711 Pecan is currently boarded up to prevent vandalism. The owners of 600 Pecan also own the Wadley house (618 Pecan) and Mullins Court (corner of 6th and Hickory). They are interested in preserving the properties they own. The site of the McDonalds and EZ Mart was once graced by the most beautiful home in Texarkana, (according to those who know, it even had a private bowling alley) but McDonalds is not to blame for its demolition. City planners routed highways 82, 67 and 71 through this neighborhood (known locally as “Quality Hill”) many years ago. Having so much traffic run through here destroyed the neighborhood, even though several of the old homes remain.

  38. RossRoss says: 2481 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Here is an image of the house looking much better a few years back:
    http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/historic-properties/_search_nomination_popup.aspx?id=322

    The house is at the edge of the Quality Hill historic district:
    http://arkansas.txkusa.org/departments/planning-and-zoning/historic-district/documents/QHHD.pdf

    This $171K pile is a block away:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/600-Pecan-St-Texarkana-AR-71854/90870136_zpid/

    Interesting. The house above was coupled with another house:
    http://www.historicproperties.com/feature.asp?listing_id=sctex002

  39. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11882 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The last street view from Aug. 2016 doesn’t look promising, anyone know of news about what is going on with this home?

    • RossRoss says: 2481 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      This recent street view shows the house better protected then it used to be.

      The windows are boarded up, including the tower windows , which used to be wide open to the elements.

      My house was boarded up at one point.

  40. John Shiflet says: 5429 comments

    Thanks to a post (March 2017) by Jim H. about another Texarkana house on the Texas side shown in an early 1900’s “souvenir” book, I also found a photo of this house back in its prime: https://archive.org/stream/souveniroftexark00texa#page/n7/mode/2up I certainly hope the outcome for this house is positive.

  41. Carolyn E. says: 66 comments

    What a treasure! The staircase alone is enough for me to buy it, or the other one, if Texas weren’t so far away from New Jersey and family!

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