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Local House Under Review for National Register of Historic Places

Posted on March 22, 2012

Originally published in The El Dorado-News Times on March 23, 2012.

The Randolph James House in El Dorado is one of nine Arkansas properties being considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The state review board will meet on April 4, according to Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain.

The Randolph James House, located at 1212 N. Madison, is a 1927 building designed in the Spanish Revival style by the Mann and Stern architectural firm.

“As the oil boom hit South Arkansas during the 1920s, it brought new-found wealth to the El Dorado area, which allowed residents to build new and elaborate homes in the latest architectural styles,? according to the National Register nomination.

“Such was the case with the Randolph James House. With its stucco walls, clay tile roof, pecky cypress and wrought-iron balconies and variety of window styles, the house employed textbook characteristics of the fashionable Spanish Revival style,? according to the nomination.

For more information on the National Register of Historic Places program, call (501) 324-9880 or send an email to or visit