The Story


American Cottage Community


Black and White Photo - The American Corn Crib

This community represents an old and new way at looking at the American Community. Prior to World War II, zoning was more apt to allow medium density zoning with modest scale homes – typically appointed with front porches organized around a central courtyard where conversation and relationship with neighbors was prevalent and important part of daily life. Since then the American Dream and consequently the zoning and markets have graduated to a “more is better” philosophy – larger homes in isolated communities, high privacy fences, large garages, often disconnected from urban cores with little need to interact with neighbors in everyday passing. Perhaps we have lost our way.

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.”