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Marshall House (Little Rock)

The Marshall House is located on 2009 South Arch Street in Little Rock (Pulaski County). It was built in 1908 for Joseph C. Marshall, a lawyer and the secretary of the Little Rock and Hot Springs Electric Railroad Co. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 due to its architectural significance, having been designed by notable Arkansas architect Charles L. Thompson.

The wood-frame house has two stories but no basement. The exterior of the 4,000-square-foot home has French doors on either side of the main entryway. Each French door has sidelights, is lined with dentil molding, and is topped with arched fanlights. The Doric-style pillars and hip roof add character to the home. These are typical characteristics of the Colonial Revival–style structure common with Thompson’s designs.

The Marshall family lived in this home until 1922, when it was sold to Elmer E. Clarke, the president of Little Rock Publishing Company. By 1923, Clarke had married Florence Fitton, and he became the president of the Arkansas Democrat Co. publishing company in 1925. Elmer Clarke died in 1941, and Florence Clarke stayed in the house until it was sold to Allen A. Hall Jr. in 1956.

Hall lived in the Marshall House with his wife, Frances Hall, who was a homemaker. Hall was the vice president for Little Rock–based S. M. Brooks Advertising. He and his wife lived there until the 1980s, when it was purchased by William Utterback. Utterback and his wife, Lucy Reaves, lived in the home until the mid-1980s, when they sold it to Veda and Calvin Biggers. The Biggerses lived in the Marshall House from 1983 until 1993. They were the owners of the home when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 22, 1982. They sold the house to Juan Buono and Bill Hall in 1993.

Buono and Hall lived in the Marshall House until 2015. A carriage room was added for more space. (Originally, carriage rooms were built to allow horse-drawn carriages in and out of a house, but they were later used as a storage space like a mudroom or as a sitting room.) By 2018, the house had been purchased by Bryan James Witt and Ann Ballard. Some modern amenities such as a hot tub and a swimming pool have been added, and it remains a single-family home.

For additional information:
“Marshall House.” National Register of Historic Places registration form. On file at Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Little Rock, Arkansas. Online at http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/National-Register-Listings/PDF/PU1483.nr.pdf (accessed November 2, 2018).

Sarah Carnahan
Ouachita Baptist University

Last Updated 11/2/2018

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