His­toric Maxwell-Sweet home to open for tours

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Janelle Jessen Staff Writer jjessen@nwadg.com ■

The Siloam Springs Mu­se­ums up­com­ing fundraiser, Walls Talk: His­toric Home Tour, will explore the in­trigu­ing sto­ries be­hind the Maxwell-Sweet home, owned by Glo­ria McEn­roe.

The event, which will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 22 at the home, lo­cated at 114 South Col­lege Street, will in­clude guided tours of the home, un­veil­ing of the mu­seum re­model plans, pi­ano en­ter­tain­ment by Lloyd Whit­comb and re­fresh­ments.

The home tour is de­signed to raise aware­ness of what the mu­seum has to of­fer, ac­cord­ing to Katie Ren­nard, mu­seum board pres­i­dent.

“I just think for us as a mu­seum, we are very ex­cited to of­fer unique op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple

to en­gage with his­tory,” Ren­nard said.

A high­light of the evening will be the un­veil­ing of ar­chi­tec­tural plans for re­mod­el­ing the mu­seum build­ing.

“We are very ex­cited that we are go­ing to be able to un­veil the plans that Matt Pear­son has drawn up for us on that evening,” Ren­nard said.

The Maxwell-Sweet home is of in­ter­est to Siloam Springs and is sel­dom seen by a broad sec­tion of the com­mu­nity, Ren­nard said. The mu­seum is fo­cus­ing on the home be­cause there is a lot to be said about the house and its former oc­cu­pants, said Karin Woodruff, direc­tor of education and pub­lic out­reach for the mu­seum.

The home was added to the National Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places in 1988, ac­cord­ing to Don War­den, mu­seum direc­tor. It was built in 1921 for O.G. Maxwell, a prom­i­nent lo­cal banker, he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the listing on the National Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places, the two-story brick Crafts­man home was one of the most im­pres­sive res­i­dences of its time in Siloam Springs. Maxwell lost the home in 1928 due to “fi­nan­cial mis­deal­ings,” and the house was taken over by Will Sweet, owner of the lo­cal coal and ice plant, who held the mort­gage on the home.

“The Maxwell-Sweet House is sig­nif­i­cant ar­chi­tec­turally in Siloam Springs as a lo­cal ex­am­ple of Crafts­man de­sign with sub­tle Prairie in­flu­ences,” the reg­is­ter listing states.

The Maxwell-Sweet house is part of Carl’s Ad­di­tion His­toric District, which is also on the National Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places. The district, which in­cludes 28 homes built be­tween 1895 and 1946, runs along both sides of South Col­lege, West Alpine and South Wright Streets is bounded by Sager Creek on the north and West Twin Springs Street on the South.

The block ends with the stairs, dated 1911, that lead down to the springs in City Park, War­den said.

“There’s just a lot of the his­tory of the town wrapped up in that hill,” Ren­nard said.

Tick­ets for the event are $45 for one and $80 for two, and may be pur­chased at www.siloam­springsmu­seum.com/ home­tour. Those who would like to at­tend should R.S.V.P by June 16.

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