Zvers Family Home Tour // Downtown Rogers

Hello! Tell us a little about your home.

 

The Parks-Reagan House is a 2600 square foot Colonial Revival built by George Parks (a merchant in Rogers) in 1898. The heavy rusticated limestone foundation of the house was laid by John Myler and much of the rough and finished wood material of this house was furnished by the Van Winkle Mills at nearby War Eagle. The home was purchased and occupied by Zenas Lytton (Z. L.) Reagan from 1923-1976. Z.L. left the home to his beloved and famous educator daughters – Agnes Lytton, Mary Sue, and Betty Lynn Reagan. The home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. The Reagan sisters left the home and all of its belongings to the University of Arkansas. Eriks and I bought the home in October of 2014. With little modification in its almost 12 decades, it remains one of the oldest and best-preserved residences in Rogers.

 

What is your favorite thing about your home?

So hard to choose! The house in itself is beautifully designed. I love the large windows which keep the space bright and airy. We love to have company over and the spacious first floor layout is perfect for hosting, something the Reagans and Zvers have in common. I love how much people love our home and the Reagan Sisters. It is not uncommon to have strangers knock on the door and share stories about the sisters and how much they meant to them personally. We have learned so much about the home’s history and owners because people seek us out to share their memories.

What brought your family to Downtown Rogers?

Fate! Eriks and I were born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After taking a new position in NWA we were convinced we could only live in Fayetteville (we weren’t familiar with Rogers). Thank goodness the realtor who planned our showings insisted we look at one home in Rogers in Clower Farms. None of the homes in Fayetteville worked out and due to timing the only option left was the Rogers home. I cannot lie, we were pretty upset initially. This was not how we wanted to start our first journey away from our lifelong home.

Over lunch time I would drive around NWA and try to familiarize myself to our new location. It wasn’t but one month when I stumbled upon Downtown Rogers. I immediately fell in love with the beautiful older homes and tree lined narrow streets. It reminded me of home and I immediately brought my husband down to see. Shortly after we made an effort to frequent downtown shops, restaurants and bars to get a feel for the people. In no time at all curious, friendly locals were befriending us and inviting us to their homes and gatherings. We quickly discovered we had found “our people” and put Hunter Prowell to work on finding us a house in DTR. Buying the Parks-Reagan house was truly a matter of right place, right time! And of course having on the ball realtors! Thanks Hunter and Martha!!!

Did you make any additions/remodel/changes to the home? OR possibly share what you plan to do.

We haven’t done anything to date. Initially we thought we wanted to renovate right away, but we’re happy we took the last few years to live in the home and “get to know” her.

We are currently working with John Mack (JKJ Architects) and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to rehabilitate the home. We hope to begin construction within the year. The biggest changes will be adding a garage and converting the attic into a master bedroom. We need to update the mechanicals: plumbing, electrical and hvac. It is imperative to us that we maintain the integrity of the home, but also prepare it to last another 119 years.

What is one of your favorite things to do in downtown Rogers?

We love to simply hangout with the neighbors, in a garage, on a porch or at Club Frisco we are surrounded by amazing, kind people that take care of each other, like to have fun and hang out together. Not a weekend goes by that someone doesn’t open their home to the neighborhood. We live in a very special place and are so thankful to have found our Arkansas family.

 

Thank you so much Sue and Eriks! 

Grassroots organizing in downtown Rogers, Arkansas

UP was honored to have the opportunity to host Joshua Mahony, Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District of Arkansas. We shared stories, food, and a beautiful Sunday evening as we listened to his core beliefs and platform. I encourage you to reach out to learn more, and possibly host an event during his listening tour this summer. If you would like to learn more, please visit his website here or Facebook page here

UP guests and members, we look forward to seeing you next month! Keep UP'ing your community!

Up'ing our community, now UP yours!

grass roots

/ˈɡras ˈˌro͞ots/

noun

plural noun: grassroots

 

1. the common or ordinary people, especially as contrasted with the leadership or elite of a political party, social organization, etc.; the rank and file.

2. the agricultural and rural areas of a country.

3.  the people inhabiting these areas, especially as a political, social, or economic group.

4.  the origin or basis of something; the basic or primary concept, rule,part, or the like.

adjective, Also, grass-roots

5.  of, relating to, or involving the common people, especially ascontrasted with or separable from an elite:  a grassroots movement for nuclear disarmament.

 

We gathered. We ate (those lemon bars)!  We listened.  We are ready to keep moving forward. Please remember that UP is a member driven group. If you would like to share any ideas please email us: nwa.united.progressives@gmail.com

Join us May 21st (more details to come in newsletter)

The Zimmerman Home // Downtown Rogers Home Tour

  Thank you all for joining in! I am so happy to share Shane and Juli Zimmerman's home of our downtown community.

Can you tell us a little of what you know about your home?

Our home is a craftsman style home built in 1927. It is just under 2300 sf. It has a half basement that is used as a laundry room and double detached garage. 

 

What is your favorite thing about your home?

Of course the location of our home is perfect. But the spaces in the home seem to be laid out to our specific needs. Whether we're cooking, reading a book, playing guitar or watching a movie. 

What brought your family to downtown?

The community in which we live in is unparalleled to any other. Our friends and neighbors make downtown living a unique and  charming experience. Being downtown offers us the chance to walk to work daily. 

Did you make any additions/remodel/changes to the home?

In our two years of residency we have added new wood flooring throughout and redone some of the existing. We have also done a complete master bathroom remodel. During the remodel phases we have used the upstairs bedroom and the current dining room for sleeping quarters. 

What is one of your favorite things to do in downtown?

Being able to walk to the heart of downtown and seeing so many people we know as well as a lot of new faces is pretty special. The new bike trails and walking paths are also easily accessed. 

Name a couple of favorite pieces in your home and if you have a story behind them to include that would be great as well.

We like using odd pieces for different uses other than their intended. We have a 1956 Weber grill that has never had a fire in it that we use as a table. Our headboard is an old shaker style door from a remodel I did in downtown Rogers  over 15 years ago. Our art pieces we feel are unique to our personalities and tie the house together. 

        Thank you Shane and Juli!!

         I absolutely love your home. 

Neal Family Home Tour

Tell us a little about your home..

Our house was built around 1910. It is a Dutch Colonial. There is also an addition from 1984 in the back. Our house is 2,400 square feet. Reliable sources have told us that it was the rectory for a Catholic church across the street, that has since been relocated.

House around 1960 with the previous owner, Mary Jo Lewis.

House around 1960 with the previous owner, Mary Jo Lewis.

What is your favorite thing about your home?

Our favorite thing about our home is the location! We love our neighbors, neighborhood, and being in walking distance of Downtown, playgrounds, grocery stores and great schools. We also love biking to Lake Atalanta on the weekends.

What brought your family to Downtown Rogers?

Our family came to Downtown Rogers because Ryan grew up in Rogers and always wanted to live Downtown. In January of this year he got the opportunity to worth with Main Street Rogers, a non-profit focusing on downtown area development, and we knew this was our chance to be part of a great community. Luckily this house was on the market when we were ready to move. We also have a blueberry farm here in Rogers. 

Have you made any additions/remodel/changes to the home? 

All we have done for improvements is refinish the floors and paint the walls. Upstairs was all carpet, so Ryan and his dad pulled that back and found beautiful old pine floors. Two bathrooms were also carpet so we tiled those. We have also had an energy audit done to try and find ways we can make our home better insulated and more efficient, which has resulted some small improvements here and there.

What is one of your favorite things to do in downtown Rogers? 

Some of our favorite things to do in Downtown Rogers are to eat at Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant, drink an orange juice at Levi's Gastrolounge and visit the Downtown Rogers Farmers Market.

Thank you Neal family!!! 

Miller family // Muskogee, OK

 Madison and I have been trying to take photos for a couple years now. Between work, family and distance between us it has been hard making that happen. Finally this past weekend we connected. I also had some free time to see family and do a few of my favorite things. My biggest disappointment was getting into town after Harmony House closed. I made up for it by eating my favorite pizza, a child's chunk and a chopped beef sandwich for dinner. I got a couch at my favorite flea market and I can't wait to go back and pick it up. Hopefully my favorite lady will be working!

 More importantly, photographing Madison and her growing family was an honor. She is one of my favorite people. I always admired her growing up and definitely followed (copied!) any or all trends she picked up along the way. Her sass and intelligence carried with me far after we got busy later in life while 'adulting.' It was truly special getting to hold her son and documenting her growing belly with their 2nd. Madsion, I love you and you are bleeping awesome.

Calcote Home Tour

Hello everyone! I would love to introduce Mary and Jerry Calcote. Working with Mary through this home tour has been such a delight.  Together they took me through their home, gave me a tour and spoke so passionately of the renovations and history of their home that I got chills! My favorite part was the children's classroom. If you would like to know more information on her preschool please reach out a 'like' her Facebook page: The Children's Atelier

Let us all give The Calcote's a warm welcome!

E N J O Y!!!

 

Tell us what you know about your home including year built, style, square footage and any other facts you would like to include. 

  Our home was built in 1914, it is a 2600 sq. ft. Craftsman Bungalow. We know very little about our home’s history, other than in 1988 the process was started, but never completed, to have it listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This was during the time several other homes in downtown Rogers were added to the register. We plan to learn more about our home and complete the registration process.  If anyone knows some history on our home, we’d love to hear!

What is your favorite thing about your home?

  We love the craftsman detail of the built-ins and the 15 ft. window seat in the dining room, the exposed chimney in the kitchen,  and the open floor plan, just to name a few. Our home has retained most of it’s original features on the main floor; doors, hardware, floors, trim work, windows and a rare wall tub. In the living room, about five feet out from the wall, is one of the first style electrical plugs used in Rogers. The previous owners built two Jack & Jill style garages. One is entered from 3rd. St and the other from the alley. They both have access doors to the courtyard.

What brought your family to Downtown Rogers? 

  It has always been a dream of ours to live in an old home in a quaint neighborhood. When we first moved to NWA in 1997, we looked at every home in downtown Bentonville that came on the market for over a year. We were unable to find one to fit our family of six. Twelve years later, as empty nesters, we decided to give it another try. Once again, we just couldn’t find the right home for us. Five years after that, it was time for Jerry to retire and enjoy life. We thought, it’s now or never! We made a pledge to wait for the right house, and rent if we needed to. We expanded our search to a two hour drive. We were drawn to a beautiful neighborhood in Springfield, MO., but we just couldn’t seem to commit. Our home sold, we had nowhere to go, and were fully prepared to rent. On the evening of the home inspection, we were out aimlessly driving around, and we found ourselves in downtown Rogers. Jerry stopped the car and said, “Look! There’s a craftsman for sale!” That next morning, we were the proud owners of our dream home! So, to answer your question, ‘What brought us to downtown Rogers?’ God.

 Did you make any additions/remodel to the home?  If so, feel free to share your sources and/or process of the additions.  

  We haven’t made any additions, but just completed a remodeled the sunporch which we feel was added to the back of the home in the 50s-60s. One wall was covered in knotty pine paneling which we were able to repair and use as wainscoting. Our son, Brian Mowrey, designed and built custom cabinetry and the 20ft oak ceiling beam. To add warmth to the room, on the floor we used reclaimed brick from 100-200 year old Chicago warehouse buildings. This room is now my Reggio Emilia inspired studio where I will work with a few preschool aged children.

What is one of your favorite things to do in downtown Rogers?

  We love evening walks downtown, we enjoy walking the trail that leads to Lake Atlanta, the farmers market is great, and we really enjoyed the outdoor movies this summer. There are several antique malls we frequent, we always enjoy stopping by the Roger’s Historical Museum to see their new displays and attend events.

  Downtown Rogers is also a great place to do nothing. You can set out on your front porch and literally, watch the neighborhood go by. There are always families walking their dogs, riding bikes or jogging by offering a friendly wave and a warm, “Hello!”

Name a couple of favorite pieces in your home and if you have a source to include that would be great as well.

  Our home is filled with sentimental pieces; Jerry’s aunts dinning room table, my Grandmother’s chifferobe, an old US Post office from rural Connecticut, the first piece Jerry and I refinished together, even the iron baby bed I sleep in as a child.

Thank you Calcote Family!! 

If you would like to participate in the home tour for our lovely DTR, please email me: kamara.ashley@gmail.com.

 

 

ROGERS DOWNTOWN ROTARY CLUB'S 'FRISCO INFERNO' 2ND ANNUAL BBQ COOKOFF

  Our second annual BBQ cook off contest wrapped up the summer with festivities for our downtown community. The contest gave us an opportunity to come together in service to raise money towards the Lake Atalanta improvement project. This year the Frisco Inferno cook off celebrated with $6,100 in awards for Ribs, Beef Brisket, Pork and People’s Choice. Below you will find a selection of photos to view for enjoyment and remember to join us next year!