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Thankful!

This time of year is a good time for us to say how thankful we are to all of our clients--for trusting us to help them with their homes, their courthouses, their museums, their historic landmarks. We are truly blessed to have had the opportunity to work on so many wonderful properties alongside those that love them.


While we reflect on all that we have to be thankful for, we’re excited to share these new images from the talented photographer, Ken West, of a recent project that has been on-going, the exterior restoration of historic Wingmead, and some of its outbuildings, located in Prairie County, Arkansas.


https://www.revivalarch.com/wingmead


Originally constructed in the late 1930’s, the Greek Revival home was designed by St. Louis architect Frederick Wallace Dunn, best known for his post-war modern designs, for Edgar & Ethel Queeny, both of whom were avid duck hunters and conservationists--and there was hardly a better spot than the Arkansas Delta for the Queeny’s to enjoy watching the migrations in the late fall and winter.


Learn more about the fascinating history of Wingmead here:


https://encyclopediaofarkansas.net/entries/wingmead-7350/


https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2021/jan/30/winter-at-wingmead/



Knowing the property’s historical significance, but also very passionate about the place itself, the property’s current owners have embarked on a serious effort to address deterioration that naturally occurs after time, made more challenging by a property that is as flat as can be--with storm water accumulating around and beneath the house.


Guided by historical images and original architectural drawings, we worked to restore the exterior to its original appearance, including the restoration of wonderful double hung windows at the front porch. The lower sash of the windows raises and doors beneath swing open allowing for the living room to connect more directly with the wonderful outdoors. New roofing and custom copper gutters carry storm water to underground French drains and into a network of pumps, all coordinated with new landscaping--designed by Sarah Burr of Ozark Design Studio.

We’re thankful of course for the work--but it is a true joy to become acquainted with the people that care so much for these properties, as well as to learn about its history and significance. It is exactly why we love what we do.



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