Another view of Searcy Arkansas's Robbins Sanford building built in 1908.

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

Here's another view of our old Robbins Sanford building which has so much history. I found this while reading the book "The Humorous History of White County Arkansas" by Claude E. Johnson and published in 1975.

Robbins Sanford building Searcy AR

This one has an interesting gable looking thing at the top which might be from the other street?  Here's a view from another angle.  Where is the gable?

Sanford Hall  Robbins Sanford building

And here is the view of the old building today.  The corner has a title company occupant and there is a grand hall taking up the other part of the building. What did they do with all those chimneys?

White County Title Searcy AR





Comments (8)

Mary Cargile
Barbara, I was not aware that the corner was part of the RS building. I thought it was the exact space that was later occupied by VanAtkins. Also notice the canopied store that later became the Ideal Shop. It was originally an open front and back area under roof for wagons and horses The floor was added later and became a store. It became a grocery market and had the first freezer ( located in the floor) in White County. Many years later it became P.M. intimate. Apparel. But before the Ideal Shop. It was a bus station. When I had my store there older men would come in and tell me about getting on or off the bus there either going or returning from serving in the war.
Jan 03, 2012 12:23 PM
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
RealtorĀ®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Barbara, you are making me wish I had time to root through all the old photos of our area to check out the changes.  I love those old photos.  I see Mary added more history to the photos.  So great when more information is revealed.

Jan 03, 2012 01:29 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Mary, what interesting things you have told us.  I never realized there was a bus stop where the Ideal Shop was.  And your store was Intimate Apparel, wasn't it?  I remember it being across the street but that must have come later.

Kay, old pictures are so much fun and having folks add to the info is even more fun.  Mary Cargile gives great info that adds to the blogs.

Jan 03, 2012 01:40 PM
Valerie Canepa
RE/MAX Advantage Realtors - Searcy, AR

I appreciate that they kept the facade -- or at least a portion of it. Although I must say, the first thing I thought about (having lived for a few years in California) was that the old-timey facade would have crashed right down on if an earthquake ever hit.

Jan 04, 2012 01:26 AM
Luke Jones
Garver - Little Rock, AR

I always thought that stucco-sorta facade on the Searcy Professional Center was one of the uglier additions to a downtown building. The enormous red letters don't help much either.

But I definitely love what they've done with the Robbins-Sanford building. Wendy Dalrymple once showed me a 100+ year-old ledger book they found during renovations in the second story.

Jan 04, 2012 03:28 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Luke, I guess that when renovations are made to old buildings they try to go with what is "fashionable" at the time of the renovation.  White County Title has had the building redone for quite a while.  I wonder why they did the stepped facade instead of just straight across?  Maybe the brick was damaged.  It is interesting to see all the old pictures together. 

Valerie, I'm glad you are out of earth-quake country now.

Jan 04, 2012 08:37 AM
Bob Fuller

Barbara,  Regarding your comment about not knowing there was a bus stop "Where the Ideal Shop was":  It was not exactly where the Ideal Shop was, but very close, if not next to it.  I know this because my Dad worked for Kroger which was in between Penney's and Sterling's, directly across Spring St.  Also, it wasn't just a bus-stop, it was The Rendezvous, which later moved to the southeast corner of Main & Center Streets, where most people remember it.  The reason I remember this is because Myrtle Roberson bought her groceries for the Rendezvous at Kroger's.  I was there often when she came in; she always gave me a piece of candy or a stick of gum.  Occasionally Spring Street traffic was stopped in its tracks when a bus stopped at the Rendezvous and a delivery truck stopped at Kroger's at the same time


PS:  Love your blog.

Jan 05, 2012 03:03 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Bob, that is absolutely amazing info about the locations of things downtown.  I didn't know that Krogers was also downtown along with Safeway.  I also didn't know that the Rendezvous was ever downtown!  Paula's pictures show the bus stopped at the Rendezvous and a picture of the Safeway.  Now we need a Krogers picture.

Jan 05, 2012 08:13 AM

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