This community along with many others spawning across America is an attempt to rekindle this old sense of community, of front porches, of conservation, of Sunday Dinners with neighbors – where the value of one’s life is not dictated by scale but by quality of time. The idea of being close to downtown, to arts, to restaurants, to nature, to activity and to relationships is one that Americans are rediscovering.
The Black Apple Community is a modern ode to this older and more familiar way of life. Situated on land that was originally part of a larger farm that produced the famous black apple – a staple crop for many years in NW Arkansas. The Black Apple design finds its inspiration from this “old and familiar soul.” Reinvented things from the past – old corn crib structures, farm tables, silos, rust, barn wood, central courtyards and places for that lost art of conversation.
Perhaps Wallace Stegner said it best when describing what home should mean in his book Sense of Place, “There it was, there it is, the place where during the best times of our lives friendship had its home and happiness its headquarters.”