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Donation of the Month

Donor: Betty Swearingen

All buildings start life as a set of drawings on paper. Every detail mapped out to make sure nothing gets missed and all will pass inspection upon completion. These sketches are called blueprints. Drawn by architects they give the potential contractors a guide for bidding and the builder a construction plan.

Architects draw more than one blueprint, leaving no detail too small to be overlooked once the project is turned over to the builder. This also allows the architect to make sure nothing was missed and all is correct to the owner’s specifications. Two types of drawings called the plan and section show how components of the design relate to one another. The sketch of the desired elevation also shows relationships; however, design details are also shown. Each sketch gets more and more detailed as a three-dimensional drawing shows perspectives and details in a view that is close to the final experience. Finally, there are large scale views called plans and detail drawings; both of which use elevations and section drawings to provide details about specific materials and dimensions. Once, all is satisfactory construction can begin. In the end, the blueprints map out the architects vision of the final product and if followed the final product should look exactly like the blueprints.

By looking at the blueprint one can see how the building, whether still standing or gone, looked like at the time it was constructed. One can also see how it was constructed, giving future architects working on a remodel the ability to understand its construction without tearing down any walls. This can also help researchers understand the particular style and design of architectural trends, or of a particular architect. Due to architectural trends and a long list of architects, Rogers has an eclectic mix of buildings styles.

Rogers has several notable architects designing everything from church buildings to resort hotels to homes. The most famous architect was A.O. Clarke. Clarke was brought in by Coin Harvey to design hotels out at Monte Ne. He ended up staying and designing several public buildings, churches and homes throughout Rogers and Benton County even Kansas and Missouri. One of the least well known is Belle Dinwiddie. Although she worked throughout both Fayetteville and Rogers we know nothing about her. Her work done in the 1940s and 1950s was mostly renovations and additions to local homes and a few businesses; however, her drawings show she was an accomplished architect. The blueprint shown here are two of hers; one is an elevation, the other a detail sheet for alterations to the J.E. Felker home. In more recent times Rogers has been home to Perry L. Butcher & Associates as well as JKJ Architects.

Architects and architecture go hand in hand. What the architect designs and plots on the blueprint is often influenced by the architectural style of the day; but also the particular style of the architect. Many architects designed their own styles and influenced other architects throughout the Nation. This is true of Frank Lloyd Wright, who didn’t design any homes in Rogers but certainly influenced Faye Jones who designed several homes such as the Applegate house East of Rogers. While Rogers has some unique designs like the Applegate house, much of Rogers architecture follows style trends. Homes built around the turn-of-the-century are Victorian inspired, while those built in the 1930s are craftsman style bungalows. With the long list of architects in Rogers, the city has an eclectic architectural history.

Today’s architects are part of a long line of accomplished architects that have worked in and around Rogers. Each of these architects has placed their mark on the city, from the grand designs of A.O. Clarke to the prairie style of Faye Jones. All of these architects’ designs were brought to life using blueprints to guide the builders. Blueprints are invaluable to understanding the workings of an architect and the architectural style in which they worked. And whether the blueprint is a section or detail drawing they continue to tell the story of the building they were designed for.



More Donations of the Month

Arts & Crafts
Charles Summey Painting
Elsie Sterling Drawings & Photo
Erwin A. Doege pastel
M.E. Oliver’s Strange Scenes in the Ozarks
Roy Harris Carved Wagon
Seed Art

War Eagle Store

Household Goods
Andersons Grade A Egg Scale
Applegate Apothecary Bottle
Benton County Wine Bottles
Circa 1923 Eureka Vacuum Cleaner
First M.E. Church, North souvenir plate, circa 1910
Gasoline powered iron
Grape Press
John Edwards china
Open Salts
Red Wing Crock, 1910s
Rogers Fairgrounds Souvenir
Cut Glass Dresser Box
Marshmallow Toaster
Fairy Lamps
Bubble Up Soda Bottles
Farmers Produce Co. Feed Sack
Butter Molds
Hand Painted China
Flow Blue China
Ritz Christmas Lites
Stove Top Steamer
Sunbeam Dairy Milk Bottle & Photo

Paper Ephemera, Books, & Photos
Advertising Folding Table
Camp Joyzelle Booklet
Callison-Lough Funeral Home Sketch
1943 Benton County Nursery Company Catalog
Apple Blossom Festival Postcard Booklet, April 1927
B.P.O.E. photo, 1960
Christmas Carols Songbook
Civil War Clothing Ledger
“Coin” Harvey family letters
Edsel Ford Poetry Books
Frisco Railroad Pass
Gold mine photos
Lime Works Stock Certificate
Louise Thaden Note
Menu from the Orchard Room
Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Cook Book
Rogers Public School catalog, 1892-3
Elizabeth Miller Autograph Books
Discharge Papers
New Year Postcard
Political Campaign Buttons
Women's Study Club Program
Howard Fowler Photographs
Railroad Automatic Car Identification
1933 World's Fair Objects
Tobacco Tax Receipts
Valentines cards
Vandover & Sons Livery Stable Photograph
Printing Blocks
World War II Photos

Billiken Doll
Russ Troll Doll
Schoenhut Circus Toys
Steiff Teddy Bear
Horse Drawn Wagon
Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring
J.D. Kestner Doll
Winter Sled

Textiles, Clothing, & Clothing Accessories
Confederate Officer’s Artillery Frock Coat?
Apple Blossom Festival Crown
Bicorn Hat
Blackburn Preaching Shirt
Christmas Stocking
Friendship Quilt
Garrett family coverlet, 1860s
Help One Another Club Quilt
Mary Van Winkle Steele’s Traveling Dress
McClain Family Crazy Quilt
Norman Tailor System dress pattern
Pillbox Hat
Hannah Lumm Dress
Whig Rose Quilt
Celluloid Items
Hair Work Jewelry
Evening Gown
Mesh Hand Bags
World War I Uniform
1906 Wedding Gown
Majorette Uniform & Spirit Ribbons


1860s Green & Sager Bedstead
Henry Tribble’s Speaker Cabinet
Tom Morgan’s Desk & Chair
W.H. Jewett Piano
Adding Machine Stand
Apple Cider Press
Colonial Revival Dining Room Chair
B.F. Gleason Cooling Table
Grundig Majestic radio

Kroger Shelves

Barbed Wire Samples
Betty Blake’s Composition Stick
Carry A. Nation Hatchet Brooch
Cash Register
Harris Baking Co. Souvenir
“Coin” Harvey Death Mask
KAMO Shovel
Erwin Funk’s Newspaper Convention Badges
Diamond Jubilee Badges
Tracy Lockhart’s Peddler Basket
Van Winkle Lumber
Surveyor's Compass
Remington Revolver
John Deere Corn Sheller
Rogers High School Dedication Stone
Permanent Wave Machine
City of Rogers License Plate
Chaplain's Field Kit
WWI Army helmet & print

Civil War Re-enactor Items
Lever Action Winchester Model 1892
Silica mining bucket






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