The Edgemont House, located at 257 Skyline Drive, in the Historic Park Hill neighborhood of North Little Rock is the private palatial garden estate and home of Chris H. Olsen. Built in 1927 and listed on the National Historic Register, this Spanish Colonial house is known locally as the historic Justin Matthews, Jr. House.
With a gorgeous view of the Little Rock city skyline, The Edgemont House is now open for group tours, private receptions, corporate functions and portrait sessions. The house is available for a four (4) hour rental period or as a per-person fee option for tours, meals and seminars.
Occupying an elevated site where Skyline Drive intersects with Link and Dooley Streets in North Little Rock’s historic Park Hill neighborhood, The Edgemont House is a large architect- designed example of the Spanish Colonial Revival Style. As such, it is an especially important resource in the Greater Little Rock area where few large-scale examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture are found. Designed in 1927 by Little Rock architect Max F. Mayer, the house exhibits all of the major characteristics associated with the Spanish Colonial Revival style: tile roof, stucco walls, wrought iron grillework and arched doors and windows. More particularly, the house falls into what is sometimes termed as the “Mediterranean” style of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. Evidence of these influences include the sophisticated use of arches, both inside and outside, as well as the presence of casement windows, cantilevered balconies, an interior courtyard and a sunken living room.
- Guided Tours of Little Rock and Bentonville
- Tour and Lunch at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm
- Clinton Presidential Library and Museum
- Capitol Rose Gardens
- Tour and dinner at the Edgemont House with garden and lifestyle guru, Chris Olsen
- 21C Museum Hotel in Bentonville
- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with tour and dinner
- Five & Dime, the Wal-Mart visitor center with exhibits
- Compton Gardens
- The Peel Mansion & Heritage Gardens and lunch – Private Garden Tour
For information including a detailed itinerary, fees and how to register, see the brochure here.
Whether it’s a lifestyle or gardening seminar with Chris, your daughter’s wedding reception, a corporate cocktail party or a group tour on a 55-passenger bus, the entertaining opportunities at The Edgemont House are endless! With over 6,000 sq. ft of space under roof (and six bathrooms!) The Edgemont House can accommodate groups from 25 to 250 and anywhere in between. The interiors, designed by Kevin Green Design Firm, inspire both awe and amazement in every room of the house. The enclosed courtyard, portico, gravel Oak alley and formal gardens are landscaped and planted in the most unique and colorful way…as only Chris H. Olsen can do…(remember, it IS his personal home!) From the minute you step into The Edgemont House you will be transported to another time and era: when homes were grand and parties were even grander. Chris seamlessly melds historic architecture with modern design.
Chris H. Olsen
Landscape Designer, Chris H. Olsen, attended Oxford University in England, studying landscape architecture, landscape principals, and philosophy and also graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in business. Chris has over 30 years of landscape architecture and interior design experience. Chris is the owner of Botanica Gardens in Little Rock and Plantopia Home & Garden Center, which is North Little Rock’s newest nursery and garden destination location. Chris has been active in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation—designing and installing the landscape for the “Build for a Cure” Projects in Little Rock and the first “Build for a Cure” house in the United States. In addition, he is active in the Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Heart Association, Wildwood of Performing Arts, the Hope Foundation, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, and the Arkansas Lung Association – just to name a few.