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A secret Christmas gift for a wife! Circa 1895 in Arkansas. $350,000

September 19, 2019

How sweet! In 1895 William Blair was President of American National Bank in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He began secretly building this home as a Christmas gift for his wife! The interior and exterior woodwork feature designs of holly leaves and iris blossoms. One celebrating the festive Christmas season, and the other was Mary Blair’s favorite flower. That Christmas Eve Mr. Blair drove Mary to the house by carriage. At the time they were living in a small cottage. He carried her over the threshold. Mr. Blair died suddenly in 1903. Mary sold the house to a doctor and his wife. They raised five children in the home.

There are original hardwood floors, pocket doors, wood trim, and moldings. There is a large shaded lot with mature trees and a wrought iron fence. Four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,954 square feet. $350,000

From the Zillow listing:


As you step into this gorgeous historical home, you will be immediately transported back in time! The details in every inch of this home are impeccable. The original wood doors & pocket doors, the detailed wood trim, floors, staircases and stained glass are just breathtaking. With the feel of 1895 when the home was built along with the modern conveniences of today, this home is sure to bring the new owners the joy of FS History and the pride of our wonderful city! The large shaded lot is sure to please!


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