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Judge Benjamin Shaver House, 1898 in Mena, Arkansas 2 | by David Hoffman '41
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Judge Benjamin Shaver House, 1898 in Mena, Arkansas 2

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[A set of 9 photos] Built in 1898 (or 1896) at the end of the 19th century, the Judge Benjamin Shaver House merits a separate listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The home is a 2 1/2-story symmetrical structure in Neo-Classical style. The roof is a combination of gable and hips. On the front facade is a building-length gallery with 5 bays; the central bay projects outward in a pedimented gable, supported by two pairs of two-story Ionic columns. A Palladian window is centrally positioned in the gable. A decorated frieze separated the two levels of the porches; to either side of the projecting bay are curves of the balustrade and frieze. The ornamentation consists of a continuous garland and swag embellishment. Four Ionic columns (minus capitals) support the roof on the upper story whereas four Tuscan columns are used on the lower level as supports. Entrance to top gallery is through plain double-leaf doors, each with 10 panes. The lower level is without balusters. The central door is a single wood panel with a large oval pane and corner decorations. Each sidelight contains an oval pane as well. A transom of three segments is above the entry. Windows throughout the building appear to be a uniform one over one (1/1) and double-hung. On one side is a three-sided bay window consisting of a large central window and smaller one flanking the center. The garland motif continues on the bay window.


The house was built by Judge Benjamin Shaver, a prominent lawyer in Mena. His daughter Dorothy Shaver (1893-1959) achieved fame as the president of Lord and Taylor retail firm in New York City. She was the first woman in the country to head a multimillion dollar company. In the Wikipedia article her father is named as James. I wonder what was the judge's full name. See the article at After the Shavers, the house was occupied by a dentist, Dr. L. C. Dixon. It became the private Redman Hospital from 1940-1945 then briefly became Mena General Hospital because of its size. The house later was divided into apartments. It has undergone restoration and might currently be a bed & breakfast.The home was added to the National Register of Historic Places December 6, 1979 with a reference number of 79003431. I am indebted to the National Register nomination form, located in pdf format at the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program website


The images in the set are as follows:

1) front facade

2) front facade and a partial side facade

3) front facade and a partial side facade, a different angle

4) a side facade

5) pedimented gable, Palladian window, columns, frieze, decoration, door

6) the curve of the upper porch, ornamental frieze and turned balusters

7) a side view of a portion of the upper gallery

8) partial view of bay window

9) the door and sidelights with oval panes


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Taken on May 18, 2018