Watson House (Hamburg, Arkansas)

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Watson House
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Location 300 N. Cherry, Hamburg, Arkansas
Coordinates 33°13′37″N91°47′40″W / 33.22694°N 91.79444°W / 33.22694; -91.79444 Coordinates: 33°13′37″N91°47′40″W / 33.22694°N 91.79444°W / 33.22694; -91.79444
Area less than one acre
Built 1918 (1918)
Architect Bunn, W.C. Major
Architectural style Classical Revival
NRHP reference # 77000242 [1]
Added to NRHP December 28, 1977

The Watson House is a historic house at 300 N. Cherry Street in Hamburg, Arkansas. The two story Colonial Revival brick house was built in 1918, and features verandas on its street-facing elevations. The verandas are supported by large Ionic columns that rise two full stories to support the roof, with the second floor veranda supported by cables suspended from above. The large-proportioned house is one of the most prominent buildings in Hamburg. It was designed and built by W. C. Bunn for David Watson, owner of a successful local hardware store. [2]

Hamburg, Arkansas Place

Hamburg is a city and county seat of Ashley County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 2,857 at the 2010 census.

Arkansas State of the United States of America

Arkansas is a state in the southern region of the United States, home to over 3 million people as of 2018. Its name is of Siouan derivation from the language of the Osage denoting their related kin, the Quapaw Indians. The state's diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozark and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U.S. Interior Highlands, to the densely forested land in the south known as the Arkansas Timberlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta.

Veranda roofed, open-air gallery or porch

A veranda or verandah is a roofed, open-air gallery or porch, attached to the outside of a building. A veranda is often partly enclosed by a railing and frequently extends across the front and sides of the structure.


The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. [1] It now houses the Ashley County Museum.

National Register of Historic Places federal list of historic sites in the United States

The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is the United States federal government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. A property listed in the National Register, or located within a National Register Historic District, may qualify for tax incentives derived from the total value of expenses incurred preserving the property.

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National Register of Historic Places listings in Ashley County, Arkansas Wikimedia list article

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  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service.
  2. "NRHP nomination for Watson House" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2014-01-16.