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Perfect for the family

Builder finds gem in Bentonville historic district

Posted: May 7, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

Todd Renfrow owns a remodeling and home-building business, and one of the houses he planned to remodel in Bentonville ended up becoming home to his family.

Go & Do

Bentonville Stroll

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Six downtown Bentonville homes

Cost: $20 per person, available at Benton County Historical Society or Bentonville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Benefits: Benton County Historical Society and the Bentonville Library Foundation

Information: 273-3561

Fast Facts

Bentonville Stroll

Participating Homes

• 706 W. Central Ave. — Seamster House, circa 1925, owned by Susan and Garland Hall. The house is bungalow in style with a wide roof overhang, tapered columns and multi-paneled windows. The vertical three-paned upper sash windows are typical of the 1920s.

• 711 W. Central Ave. — Dickson House, circa 1910, owned by Rustin Christo of Main Street Builders. This house features Federal style characteristics with a native stone first floor and shingled second. The house features a hidden

cellar and was owned by the Dickson Family for whom Dickson Street in Fayetteville was named.

• 203 W. Central Ave. — Bailey House, circa 1890, owned by Kim Davenport. Typical of Federal style, the home has a small portico with classical detailing and a log basement foundation.

• 206 S. W. 2nd St. — The Steinmeyer/Hoehn House, owned by Paula Steinmeyer and Tom Hoehn, the new contemporary showcases the use of property located within a Historic District. The home is unusual in styling and an exceptional example of site-use.

• 231 S. Main St. — The Wilks House, circa 1900, owned by Todd and Dana Renfrow. This house has typical inset Queen Anne arches on the upper level with fish scale shingles. There is a rare carved floral over the Neo-Classical turned column porch. The home has recently been renovated by the present owners.

• 303 S.E. Second St. — Meadowlark Cottage, owned by Kevin and Sheila Kraining. This bungalow features an overhanging roof supported by substantial columns. This was one of the most sought after designs of the century with early simplicity calling for harmony with nature and craftsmanship.

— Source: Leah Whitehead

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