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Photo of the Month

The Applegate House

 

 

Internationally acclaimed Arkansas architect E. Fay Jones is perhaps best known for his churches and chapels, most notably Thorncrown Chapel near Eureka Springs. But Jones also designed 135 houses. Deeply influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, Jones designed unique homes that not only fit into, but actually enhanced, the beauty of their sites.

 

Fay Jones saw the typical suburban house of the 1950s and 1960s as nothing more than a “box,” and of course the box is a commonly used symbol of confinement. To him living in such a house was truly detrimental to the human spirit. Jones also believed that a house had to meet the needs of the family living in it. Before starting to design a house, he had his clients keep a diary recording their interests, hobbies, and aggravations encountered during daily life. He then used those observations to help shape a house that suited the family’s lifestyle.

 

Once Jones had designed a house, it fell to a builder to turn the architect’s ideas into reality. And for three of the houses Jones designed, that builder was Truman Boling of Bentonville. Boling built the Joe Applegate house, the William Enfield house, and the first of two houses Jones designed for another client. That house was lost in a fire, and Boling was too busy with other jobs to build the replacement house that still stands today.

 

This photograph, courtesy of the late Truman Boling’s widow Lorene Boling, shows the Applegate house under construction in 1967. Located west of Bentonville off Highway 72, the 8,700-square-foot structure is on the Arkansas Register of Historic Places (not yet being old enough for the National Register). Incredibly complex to build, the house features curved walls, fireplaces, stairs, and counters, with built-in furniture pieces that fit into stone recesses. Circular plastic skylights bring light into open rooms that lead from one to another without doors to divide the spaces.

 

The Applegate house was featured in the July 13, 1969, Sunday magazine of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. In that article Jones commented on how the design of the house enhanced the freedom of the family living in it. The home featured several optional spaces for dining, for example, one of them beside the curved indoor swimming pool that was one of the most unique features of the house.

 

But while that article went on at length about the home’s architect, it never mentioned the equally talented builder who had turned Jones’ plans into a house that was the very antithesis of a box. The Museum is grateful to Lorene Boling for sharing photos, documents, and memories of Truman’s accomplishments as the builder of three Fay Jones houses.


 

More Photos of the Month

People:
Rogers Academy Class of 1896
Applegate Family
Bingham, George H.
John Black and Hugh “Tater” Black
Blackburn, J.A.C.
Blaylock, Sarah
Carter, C. Jimmie
Clarke, A.O.
Curry, Dr. William Jasper
Decker, Charles
Felker, William R.
Ford, Edsel
Funk, Erwin
Harvey, Coin
Hawkins, Harold and Frank Jr.
Hill, Fred
Jacobs, Thomas
Keck, Jack
Key, Vera
Kirksey, Birch
Lingle, Greer
Lockhart, Tracy
McNeil, Tom
Means, Joe
Morgan, Tom
Morsani, Al
Myler, John
The Sagers
Sikes, J. Wade

J.L. Shinpaugh, Rogers City Marshal
Steele, John Bell and Mary Van Winkle
Thaden, Louise
Rice, Dr. Rufus S.
Rogers, Betty Blake
Rogers, C.W.
Rogers Dough Boys
Rogers, Will

Tribble, Letsie
Truman Boling, Master Builder

Vick Will

Places:
Beaver Dam
Beaver Lake
Butterfield Trail
Camp Joyzelle
Confederate Monument
Coin Harvey’s Spring Lake and Falls
Lake Atalanta
Monte Ne
Old Highway 12 Bridge
Park Springs Park
War Eagle
The Amphitheater at Monte Ne
Silica Mining
Frisco Tunnel at Winslow
Wonderland Cave in Bella Vista
The Ozark Bluff Dwellers
Fisherman's Camp
Kruse's Gold Mine
Highway 71
Hanging Tree

Businesses:

The Apple Industry
Callahan's Station
Cattle Ranching
Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Daisy Manufacturing
Decker Motor Co.
Dyke Lumber Co.
Hailey Motor Co.
House of Webster
McNeil Chevrolet
Munsingwear
Poultry Industry
Pressing Sorghum Cane
Rogers Champion
Rogers Hardware Co.
Rogers Transfer & Storage
Suzie-Q Malt Shop
Wal-Mart

Wendt-Sonis

Schools:
Rogers Academy
Rogers High School
Sunnyside Elementary School

Buildings:
The Applegate house
112 South First Street
Bank Of Rogers Building
Benton County Jail
B.F. Sikes Log Cabin
Central Methodist Episcopal Church
J.B. Steele House, 303 South First Street
Juhre Building (1894)
Golden Rule Building (circa 1894)
Lane Hotel
Love's Sanitarium
Mutual Aid Union Building
Palace of the Ozarks
Rogers City Hall
Rogers City Jail
Rogers Milling Company
Rogers Opera House
Rogers Post Office
Rogers Wholesale Grocery Company
The Key Wing
The Stroud Building (1899)
The Victory Theater
James and Sally McDaniel Home

The Stroud Home
The Tribble House
The Rocky Branch School

Organizations:
206th C.A. A.A
Home Demonstration Club
Rogers First Elks Lodge
Rogers Garden Club
Women's Study Club/Mas Luz Club
Benton County Possum Hunters
Rogers High School Football Team 1921
Rogers High School Marching Band 1942
936th Field Artillery Battalion in the Korean War
1960's Rogers High School Spirit
Arkansas State Guard in WWII

Events:

Apple Blossom Festivals
Benton County Fair
Bolin Murder Inquest 
Ozark Golden Jubilee
Rogers Centennial Posse
Rogers Diamond Jubilee (1956)
Santa's Rocket Sleigh
Sledriding
The Arrival of Santa Claus (1945)
The Brightwater Train Wreck (1907)
The Great Car Skate on Lake Atalanta (1940)
Thanksgiving (1904)
The Last Reunion of Pea Ridge Veterans

Other:

Baseball
Cars
Chemical Engine
Christmas Memories
Frisco Railroad
Halloween
Mining in Northwest Arkansas
Natural Resources
Rogers' Congregational Church
Rogers Fire Department
Rogers Police Cars
St. Mary's Hospital
Tobacco and Benton County
Still Busting near Bentonville
Roadwork
John Boat
Quilts
Tall Tree Tales

Civil Defense in the 1960's
Early Cars
Rogers Yuletide
Brick Streets
Rural Road Work

 


 

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