The home is built in the American Craftsman style, a design movement which developed out of the British Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century. The hallmarks of the American Craftsman style are simplicity, use of local materials, and the visibility of handicraft.
Like many other homes built in the American Craftsman style, the McAllister House is a bungalow, a term which refers to a detached low-rise home with one or two stories and often having a veranda (i.e. open-air porch). Notable features include a cross-gabled roof, front gabled porch, and heavy textured stucco on the exterior.
Following the death of Belva McAllister in the early 1940s, the house was sold to Lillie Perkings, who ran it as a boarding house until 1985. In 1994, the house was bought by Darol and Catherine Wilson.