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Flatirons, continued: Just another '80s building in Arkansas

September 04, 2012|By Christopher Reynolds
  • This flatiron building stands in the heart of downtown Eureka Springs, Ark.
This flatiron building stands in the heart of downtown Eureka Springs,… (Christopher Reynolds /…)

As I acknowledged earlier this summer, I’m a sucker for buildings with three sides – flatirons, they’re called. And now I’ve come across another one. It’s in Eureka Springs, Ark., a tourist town in the Ozarks that I passed through on a recent assignment.

As a plaque explains, it’s a born-again flatiron: It was built as a bank in 1880, when Eureka Springs was being born as a vacation destination with natural spring water. It burned down in 1890 and was rebuilt and held a saloon for a while.

It burned yet again in the 1920s. For all its Victorian trappings, the current building didn’t go up until 1989. The shops downstairs sell folk art and quilts.

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