The Ivy House, Northwest Arkansas

Historic Bentonville

The History of The Ivy House

In 1913, W. T. and Lennie Barnett Ivy moved to what is now the corner of Ivy Place and McCollum Drive. The original home, circa 1900, was destroyed by fire in 1925. The Ivy’s rebuilt the existing Prairie-style Craftsman farm house in 1926, incorporating the central chimney of the original structure, the only feature to survive the fire.

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One the area’s largest apple orchards, the Ivy House was situated on approximately 500 acres of farm land, half of which was in mature orchards. It was one of the first households in the area to have electricity and a reliable source of water for the orchards, a benefit of being near the utility lines powering Bentonville’s water supply pumps. A prominent member of the community, W. T. Ivy was on the Board of the Benton County National Bank, served on the Bentonville School Board and owned the building on the southeast corner of the Bentonville Square, marked “The W. T. Ivy Block.” The home was later owned for more than thirty years by Judge Sidney McCollum and his wife Kay. McCollum Drive is named in recognition of their contribution to the community.

 

 

The Ivy House was renovated and restored by Darlene Nicolau. The renovation respects the architectural integrity of the house and complements the restoration of original features throughout the home. The Prairie-style Craftsman farm house is complete with traditional Arts and Crafts workmanship, furnishings and décor that demonstrate the simple lines and natural materials central to the Arts and Crafts movement. The interior design juxtaposes a contemporary color palette and modern amenities with these traditional Arts and Crafts elements to evoke an up-to-date appeal without compromising the home’s heritage.

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