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Frith-Plunkett House

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City/County/Congressional District: Des Arc , Prairie County (District 1 )
Location Class: Residential
Year Built: 1858
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places 1982
Status: Endangered

As Des Arc’s oldest residence, the vernacular Greek Revival Frith-Plunkett House reflects the prosperity of the most successful economic era of the rural river town’s history. The Frith-Plunkett House presents a unique representation of the architecture that formed the backdrop of Des Arc’s pre-Civil War development. During the Civil War period, many buildings in Des Arc were burned and others moved to nearby Devalls Bluff. Because of the Frith-Plunkett’s House’s function as a hospital during the war, it remained intact. Currently the house is vacant and in disrepair. Though the owners have made small steps over the years, the condition of the building has caused the city council to consider demolition.