1888 Second Empire – Eureka Springs, AR – $449,000

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National Register
Added to OHD on 4/14/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/14/19   -   30 Comments
36 Eureka St, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

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  • $449,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 3146 Sq Ft
  • 0.39 Ac.
Eureka's most historic Victorian home, Penn Castle, has as colorful a past as the town itself. Built in 1888 for evangelist Major William Evander Penn, Penn Castle was inspired by Penn's travels to Europe. The home and its religious themed stained glass windows in the parlor were featured on the HGTV program If Walls Could Talk. The home is built of limestone and boasts some of the most well preserved millwork of the time including ornate fireplace mantels and other unique architectural details.
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Mark Mattmiller, New Horizon Realty
(479) 253-0999
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30 Comments on 1888 Second Empire – Eureka Springs, AR – $449,000

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10079 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    On the site many years ago, don’t believe it sold between that time. Many years they had terrible interior photos, glad to see we get a clear view inside now.

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  2. david beckendavid becken says: 27 comments

    I’ve seen this house a few times, from the outside only. I had no idea what great things the inside was holding. Eureka Springs is an awesome little mountain town.

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  3. AvatarWee Scotty says: 9 comments
    Lorna S

    Eureka Springs is a treasure trove of old homes. Many have been turned into B & B or wedding venues. The Crescent Hotel is also worth a visit if your in the area.

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  4. AvatarDeniseLynn says: 240 comments

    What a beautiful home! Great architectural features! And it’s tastefully decorated too!

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  5. SharonSharon says: 387 comments
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    Sedalia, MO

    All so pretty. I’ve been slowly falling in love with Second Empire more and more. The interior stone wall photos are my favorite, particularly the double-sink vanity with antique mirror. Reminiscent of a far distant time and place. Well done!

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  6. AvatarCheryl kay says: 25 comments

    All that stained glass….swoon!

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  7. TGrantTGrant says: 540 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    I lived in ES for a decade 20 years ago. The current owners have done a great job renovating this place. Unfortunately at some time the little chapel was allowed to collapse. Still a great property with magnificent views.

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  8. AvatarRandy C says: 420 comments

    I do remember seeing this some time ago with terrible pictures. These are much better. The stained glass windows are beautiful. I wish I could see floor plans….I am totally lost as to the flow of the house, but anyway it is unique and beautiful. Arkansas has some truly beautiful country.

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  9. AvatarGAIL NOERNBERG says: 89 comments

    This home is a work of art

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  10. AvatarEric says: 301 comments

    Painted woodwork is ok sometimes. Yet with the intricacy of the carving and detail in the first formal room pictured I think it detracts not to have the coloring of the wood against the stained glass windows.

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  11. AvatarDoug Rice says: 35 comments

    i kept waiting to see the staircase? with some of the great woodwork, i would expect it to be a jewel. and those side by side stain glass windows appear to be painted glass. and the theme is religious. i rather doubt they are original?

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    • AvatarCindy says: 135 comments
      1866 Italianate/Queen Anne
      Brunswick, MO

      Doug, in picture 16 of the foyer, I believe there is a newel post in the far left of the picture it is painted white. Unless this is something else entirely. I too would love to see the staircase.

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  12. AvatarShar Sutherland says: 2 comments

    Pictures are great but where in the heck are the pics of the staircase…or cases? To me one thing that does define the granduer is its staircase…more pics please

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  13. Barbara VBarbara V says: 320 comments

    This place is gorgeous! I know ivy can be destructive, but I hope the next owner won’t find it necessary to remove every last sprig of the over-grown landscape – it contributes to the mystique and Sharon’s sense of a “far distant time and place”…

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  14. Julie C.Julie C. says: 179 comments

    Gorgeous home but the gardener in me says their yard/property needs to be tidied up and new trees and plants put in. It would really help the curb appeal.

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    • Barbara VBarbara V says: 320 comments
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      1800 cottage
      Upstate, NY

      I must respectfully disagree. In my opinion, a mature house deserves, and is enhanced by, a mature landscape. In years of gardening, I’ve found it takes decades to create a landscape that properly merges a house to its environment. The current fashion of ripping out mature trees and shrubs lends a barren McMansion-ish feel to even the most lovely house… Rather, in the case of this beauty, some minimal and judicious pruning would return it to the 2014 street view (in which there seem to be some extant perennial beds, as well), thereby maintaining a setting in which each aspect enhances the other…

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    • MJGMJG says: 504 comments
      1887 Queen Anne
      CT

      Though I agree with some what both Julie and Barbara say here, I agree with Julie C that the front yard to me would be better trimmed up. I’d also clear it out. Leave some of the old trees of course but all the shrubs and bushes covering the house I’d remove.

      The exterior of this house is perfect! WOW. Most of the original detail still there.
      The interior has had some modifications that don’t suit my taste personally. But some of that art glass windows are wonderful especially on the staircase. IMO, the front door has to be replaced with a period door. I personally would pull out the french doors as I don’t like those doors in houses like this, and I would paint the back deck to match the house trim and design. I don’t like modern house concepts on these homes personally.

      I always love when there is an old photo of a house. That’s a real prize!

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      • AmerikiwiAmerikiwi says: 179 comments
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        1997 1 storey contemporary

        Thanks! The shrubs/trees that are right up against the house should definitely be removed. Aside from aesthetic issues, the roots could undermine the structure of the house and of course it is blocking out sunlight.

        The larger trees should also have their lower limbs cut off. Not only would this make the trees tidier but it would enhance the appeal of the house because it is more visible and of course allow more access to sunlight.

        I love trees and have ten acres. 7 of them are covenanted native bush (meaning it can never be built on nor are any livestock allowed on it) and three former paddocks that we have planted trees on over the years – you have to give a lot of thought to where the trees are placed. And I have 30 Liquid Ambar/Sweet Gums planted along my driveway.

        I don’t have any trees next to my house because the soil gets too wet, there really isn’t the room and it would block the sun (when it is out – it rains a lot).

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        • MJGMJG says: 504 comments
          1887 Queen Anne
          CT

          I do love grand trees or some nice mature beautiful greenery around. I agree with Barbara about the stripped out and bland look of the McMansion. That’s become a terrible trend. But like you said and I’ve also experienced, all sorts of damages can happen with excessive growth on or hanging over the house. Especially tree branches. There is a right way to balance mature growth, and not let it take over or even obscure the house.
          A trend that modern people have stopped but our Victorians loved, was the practice of growing vines all over the house. Some photos show houses with vines covering everything. So bad for the house.

          • AmerikiwiAmerikiwi says: 179 comments
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            1997 1 storey contemporary

            I love the vines too but they are destructive. We had to rip out a big Wisteria from an old cottage we once owned because it was eating the house. Don’t get me started on McMansions – hideously designed homes on tiny lots….

  15. AvatarCindy says: 135 comments
    1866 Italianate/Queen Anne
    Brunswick, MO

    The exterior of this house is so unique and intriguing. Beautiful stained glass, woodwork an fireplaces. I wish they would have shown more pictures of the bathroom with the double sink vanity, that cabinet is gorgeous.

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  16. AvatarAyse Purcell says: 6 comments

    Ah all beautiful! Never seen such original sink, such integrity!

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  17. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10079 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    New agent and listing photos. This agent also included a cool old photo of the home.

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  18. CLMCLM says: 127 comments
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    1940 Cottage
    Bradford, TN

    OMG, OMG, OMG! So much to see and love! Glass, glass, glass, built-ins and fireplaces, oh, my!

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  19. TGrantTGrant says: 540 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    In the vintage view there is a three story tower like section at the back, behind the lady at the gate. I was told by the owners of 20+ years ago that those were privies/bathrooms. Don’t know if it’s true or not, but it would be cool to restore the tower.

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  20. Avatarroxxx says: 65 comments
    Los Osos, CA

    My kind of home, in my dreams.

  21. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 923 comments
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    1947 Ranch
    OR

    This is a lovely place! I was raised in OK and TX and many folks in that neck of the woods go to ES on vacation. I always loved it there just because of the old houses. You know what I particularly like about this? The furniture blends pretty seamlessly in nearly every room. None of the puffed up sofas and recliners or worse the ‘theater seating’ with cup holders. And of course the stained glass is spectacular! It’s just simply comfy, homey and beautiful.

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  22. Avatarpeeweebc says: 828 comments
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    1885 Italianate.
    MI

    What a masterpiece ! I did a walk-about. If you can find your way downtown, it’s the coolest! I would love to visit this town.

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