Jarvis House, 517 N. Main St. The balanced, regularized treatment of the overall fore and main facade, cross-gable roofline with full pediment across the front, and Corinthian coluans at the two-thirds front porch identify the Neo-Colonial styling of this late Victorian yellow brick house built in 1901. Additional classical features include the prominent molded frieze, flat piers at the corners and center of the main elevation, and sodillioned cornice of the pediment. In contrast, the vertical applied timbers in the pediment, tall corbelled chimney stacks, and three-sided window bay at the second story harken back to the Queen Anne style.

The two-story house was built for Minnie and Arthur Jarvis, who had the Jarvis Tobacco Factory at the corner of Third and Water Streets built in 1906. The Jarvis family owned the house until 1954.

Harris & Shopbell are famed for their residences and buildings that they designed in the late 19th and early 20th century here in Evansville, but they ventured into many other areas, and cities as well, including Henderson, KY. One of those prestigious residences has hit the market in Henderson, and will blow you away. Carefully, and meticulously restored over the last several years, the Arthur B. Jarvis House won a preservation award from the City of Henderson in 2017.

This breathtaking colonial revival has striking gold bricks, Ionic columns, radiant heat that keeps the winter bills low, and a impressive kitchen that would rival any new designer one. The woodwork, inlay floors, and stained glass are original to the house, and the original safe is even still in the house, inscribed with the original owners name. There is even a river view!

Built in 1901, Arthur Jarvis was a tobacco proprietor in the City of Henderson. His residence complements the other notable historic residences along Historic Main Street. The house has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 5,000 sq feet of space!

From the official listing provided by Zillow: “This historical 1901 turn-of-the-century home, rich in its tobacco-era heritage, and inviting porch has been restored to its pristine condition. The hardwood floors have been refinished, the Butler’s Pantry features original cabinets and copper sink, a new up-to-date kitchen has custom-built Amish cabinets, lighting and stainless appliances. The adjoining sun porch/laundry room with rear exit, two side porches as well as full bath complete the first floor. The second floor has 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, & unique English-style Linen closet with floor-to-ceiling cabinets. The attic features rooms finished in shiplap with potential for a 5th bedroom and bath. Owners have replaced roof, wiring, plumbing, restored walls to original condition and added insulation, as well as Central Air. Exterior improvements include updated Paint Scheme, Carriage House restoration, landscaping, and driveway. The house is listed on the National Register of Historical Places with bronze plaque and was awarded the 2017 Downtown Henderson Partnership Award for Residential Preservation. “


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