by Max Brantley
Arkansas Business reports that ace pitcher Cliff Lee has bought a house on Sherwood Road in Prospect Terrace for $2.85 million from Lee and Robin Brown.
The 83-year-old house was owned for many years by Alston Jennings, the late named partner of the Wright Lindsey Jennings law firm. It has undergone many changes since it was sold, including a guest house and changes to the pool and grounds of the six-lot property. Information from a register of Little Rock historical properties:
1927 English Revival design by architect Max Mayer
Listed on 9/8/1992
Built by the developer of the Prospect Terrace Neighborhood, Sidney L. Kahn Sr., in 1927, the Kahn-Jennings house was one of the most elaborate dwellings built in that area. The neighborhood originally consisted of the area east of Kavanaugh Boulevard (then Prospect Avenue), going north to Centerwood Road and west to Edgewood Road. Prospect Terrace was planned by landscape architect Henry Wright of Saint Louis and was restricted to the upper middle-class (homes which cost more than $7,500 to build in 1923).
While developing Prospect Terrace and other sub-divisions, Sidney L. Kahn, Senior served as president of the Little Rock Realty Association and maintained a successful real-estate brokerage firm. This interest led him to write several articles for "National Real Estate Magazine." Besides serving on the City Planning Board, Sidney L. Kahn, Senior, was also a member of the Arkansas State and the Little Rock Chambers of Commerce, as well as a variety of other interests.
Maximillian F. Mayer was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1887. He studied architectural engineering at Texas A and M, where he received his degree in architectural engineering. Besides studying architecture in Europe, Max Mayer practiced architecture in New York and California before coming to Arkansas. In 1920, Mayer was working as a draftsman for Eugene John Stern and George R. Mann, two very successful Arkansas architects. By 1923, Max Mayer had set up his own architectural offices. By the time Max Mayer designed the Sidney Kahn Sr. home at 5300 Sherwood, he had already worked in Little Rock for about five years and designed at least 13 homes in Little Rock as well as Trinity Hospital. Well known for his excellence in designing rather eclectic revival style structures, Max Mayer was perhaps the best trained architect practicing in Little Rock at this date.