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Clardy-Lee House

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City/County/Congressional District: , Washington County Howard County ( District 4 )
Location Class: Residential
Year Built: 1873
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places (1977)
Status: Demolished

The Clardy-Lee House is a large two-story frame mansion located in the Center Point community in Howard County. Constructed in 1873, the Clardy-Lee House was most likely built by Moses Hill, an educated Methodist minister, a businessman, and a skilled carpenter who emigrated from South Carolina in 1854. Mr. Hill brought with him ideas and images of the Palladian-Georgian forms of Charleston and Beaufort, South Carolina which he drew upon in designing the Clardy-Lee House. The two-story Palladian porticos found on the east and north facades, the curvilinear columns, the tri-partite windows, and the hipped roof are all characteristics suggesting a geographically distant relation to Charleston architectural styles. The Clardy-Lee House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

The most serious threat to the Clardy-Lee house is neglect due to over four decades of vacancy. Exposure to the elements and vandalism has caused this house to deteriorate rapidly during that period. The Clardy-Lee House is a significant reminder of the development of southwest Arkansas in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Unfortunately, the Clardy Lee House has been demolished since it was nominated to the Most Endangered Places list.