In this Issue
Thanks to our Corporate Partners
Preservation Conversations
2017 Summer Suppers Series
Urban Dining at The Root Cafe
Arkansas Gives
Historic Curran Hall Rental Info
National Trust for Historic Preservation
A word from the Executive Director
53rd Spring Tour of Homes
Thank you SoMa Merchants
QQA Membership Update
 
Thanks to the QQA's Corporate Partners
 
 
 
 


 
 
 




 



 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Preservation Conversations

August 31, 2017

Results of the William E. Woodruff House Feasibility Study with John Greer, Principal/Vice-President, WER Architects | Planners.

Location: Historic Curran Hall, 615 E. Capitol Avenue
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Lecture

October 19, 2017

Historic Masonry Repair Demonstration with Western Specialty Contractors at the William E. Woodruff House, 1017 E. 8th Street.
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Demonstration

Please RSVP: 501.371.0075 or qqa@quapaw.com
THANK YOU to our 
2017 Summer Suppers Series sponsors!

Urban Dining at The Root Cafe
Hosted by the QQA Board of Directors

Ashli Ahrens
Patricia M. Blick
Jean Block
Chuck Cliett
Barry Coplin
Kathi Jones
Molly McNulty
Laura Sergeant


Party on Park Hill 
Edgemont House
Hosted by:

Fred Knight & Ron Maxwell
Scott Heffington & Rickey Medlock
John Gaudin & Corky Patton
Harry Gerard & Todd Herman
Chris Morgan & Bryan Griffith

Dinner on the Lawn
William E. Woodruff House

Sponsored by:
Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Additional Support:
American Restoration Tile
Bray Sheet Metal
Haybar Real Estate
WER Architects | Planners
Sol Alman Company

In-Kind:
Nixon Flower Farm
Stone's Throw Brewing
 
Check out all the FUN had at Urban Dining at The Root Cafe!
The QQA kicked off its 2017 Summer Suppers series Sunday, July 30th with Urban Dining at The Root Cafe. Over 40 people attended and enjoyed a 5 course meal all with wine pairing. 

This is the second year that The Root Cafe has participated in Summer Suppers. We are grateful for their partnership and look forward to working with them more as well as seeing all that they are doing in the SoMa District.








 

On April 7, 2016, all Arkansans were challenged to make a donation to the charity of their choice in recognition of the vital work Arkansas local nonprofit organizations do to make our community better.

Thanks to the support of those who participated, the Quapaw Quarter Association raised over $2,300 during Arkansas Gives! We are humbled by the generosity of our donors and thank you all.

2017 Arkansas Gives QQA supporters

Eleanor Kennedy & Lee Abel
Kelley Bass & Ashli Ahrens
Chuck Cliett & Jay Barth
Jennifer Bienvenu
Patricia & David Blick
Marian Boyd
Jill Judy & Mark Brown
Deborah & Dennis Carman
Courtney & Amber Crouch
John Graves
John & Tricia Greer
Laine Harber
Ted Holder & Joe van den Heuvel
Gabe Holmstrom (Capitol Properties)
Robin & Harry Loucks
Vanessa & Tim McKuin
Daniel Roda & Elizabeth Michael
Amanda Parker
Yvette Parker
Rachel Silva Patton
Ginney Pumphrey
Frances M. Ross
Laura & Ed Sergeant (Sergeant Architecture, PLLC)
Sarah Hansen & Cary Tyson
Carol Young
Historic Curran Hall Rental Information
The Quapaw Quarter Association welcomes you and your guests to the Little Rock Visitor Information Center at Historic Curran Hall.  

This historic home, which also serves as the Mayor's Reception Hall, is a unique setting for a wide variety of business and social functions.  From bridal and baby showers and weddings and receptions to birthday and retirement parties or board meetings, HCH is an ideal location for your next event. Contact Amanda Parker, Facilities Manager about specialty pricing for City of Little Rock committees. 

* Can accommodate up to 150 standing 

* Gardens and grounds  may be used for events

* Preparation area for caterers

* Large restrooms 

* Handicap accessible 

* Two dedicated parking lots 

* Conveniently located downtown near I-30 and River Market District


14 Essential Preservation Books
1.  Build On: Converted Architecture and Transformed Buildings, by L. Feireiss (editor) and R. Klanten (editor). 




Honorable Mention: The Past and Future City, by Stephanie K. Meeks


1. Don't forget about recent history.

2. Visit the office of your local Registrar Mesne Conveyance (RMC).

3. Know how titles, deeds, probate records, and wills can help you.

4. Learn the lingo.

5. Sanborn maps are a huge help, once you know how to decipher them.

6. Talk with your local preservation society or historical society.

7. Take advantage of online databases.

For more information on how to research your house's history contact the QQA at qqa@quapaw.com or click the title for the full article.

Message from the Executive Director
 

My first six months at the Quapaw Quarter Association have been eventful, exciting, and challenging.  I would also add that I don't see that changing any time soon!  Two days after I started we hosted the Historic Preservation Legislative Reception;  this was immediately followed with planning and preparation for an amazing Spring Tour of Homes in May; we kicked-off our Summer Supper series last month; I also have administrative responsibilities associated with managing the Little Rock Visitor Center at Historic Curran Hall, we are in the process of updating our IT infrastructure and addressing maintenance issues.  No rest yet, we are already getting geared up for next year's Spring Tour of Homes, our biggest educational outreach program and our single largest fundraiser.  

Advocacy


The QQA Advocacy Committee, led 
by VP of Advocacy Laura Sergeant, has been busy.  The main topic of conversation of the Advocacy Committee is the I-30 Crossing project.  At our invitation, representatives from the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) and Metroplan briefed the QQA board on the status of the project environmental review and the final options under consideration.   As a Consulting Party in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the QQA continues to participate in ARDOT and Metroplan briefings, and now that the potential options have been narrowed down, is preparing comments to address impacts to historic properties.  We will continue push to minimize the direct and indirect impacts to historic properties affected by the undertaking.


In addition to I-30 Crossing, the QQA Advocacy Committee continues to monitor vulnerable properties.  I serve on the City's Preservation Implementation Committee to develop and execute strategies to keep abandoned properties from demolition.  Other members of this working group include the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Downtown Neighborhood Association and members of the Little Rock Historic District Commission.  The City is represented by the Planning and Development Department and the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Programs.











In this last quarter, we also had an opportunity to talk with representatives of Hillcrest who are concerned with demolition of significant properties in the National Register listed Hillcrest Historic District.  We will continue to support their efforts to protect their resources and will keep our membership posted on this progress.


The QQA is working with our city, state, and national partners to advocate for t he reten tion of the federal rehabilitation tax credits.  This has been an important tool, not only for the rehabilitation of historic properties in Little Rock, but throughout the state.  

The QQA Advocacy Committee meets the 4 th Tuesday of each month at 5:30 in our offices.  Please let me know if you are interested in participating.  
Woodruff House Update



The William E. Woodruff House has been stabilized and much non-historic fabric has been removed.  Last month we reviewed a draft feasibility study prepared by John Greer at WER Architects|Planners. Once the feasibility study is finalized and approved by the board, we will move ahead with marketing the property to find a new owner with plans for a suitable use for rehabilitation of the landmark property.   In September we are holding our final Summer Supper, Dinner on the Lawn, at the Woodruff House to bring much needed attention to the property.  We are also focusing two Preservation Conversations on the Woodruff House.  On August 31, 2017 John Greer will present the findings of his study at a lecture at Curran Hall and on October 19, 2017 we will hold an historic masonry repointing demonstration at the house.  Even in advance of the release of the feasibility study we have interest in the property by investors and developers-perhaps spurred by all of the positive activity in East Village.

QQA Historic Building Markers



We are excited to announce that we will be opening our application cycle for the QQA Historic Building Markers on September 1, 2017 and it will remain open until December 31, 2017.  The approved markers will be installed in March 2018.  The new markers are fabricated of aluminum and are therefore highly durable and carry a lifetime warranty for materials and finish.    

Please contact me with questions or go to this link below for more information and the application:  


There is much going on and much to do and I appreciate the support of my staff, my board, our members, and our partners.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with your thoughts and concerns.  
         Patricia M. Blick
        Executive Director
 

 
The 53rd Spring Tour:  Six Great Homes on Arch, Gaines, and State

Chairing the 53rd Spring Tour of Homes for the Quapaw Quarter Association was a labor of love for me.  Held on Mother's Day weekend, May 13-14, 2017, and graced with two temperate and sunny spring days, it was wonderful to see hundreds of tour goers enjoying the beauty and history of the six Tour homes on Arch, Gaines and State Streets.  In addition to being our largest fundraiser, QQA's Spring Tour is rooted in our mission statement-"to preserver greater Little Rock's historic places."  By bringing people from all over central Arkansas (and the country) into historic neighborhoods to see quality of life and economic progress driven by preservation, we hope to recruit more neighbors to continue to preserve the City's oldest neighborhoods.
Just as the QQA is already working with volunteers and Board members on plans for the 54th Spring Tour, then-Executive Director Rhea Roberts and I began asking homeowners to participate in the 2017 tour in the summer of 2016.  A really good tour of homes combines history with the present-old homes typically go through cycles, sometimes converting to multifamily housing or sitting empty, depending on the people who own them and the economic cycles.  The homes are filled with stories, sometimes quite dramatic.  The present reflects the stories of the people who live in these homes now:  What attracted them to the home?  In what shape did they find it?  What have the current occupants done to add their personal stories to the life of the home? 
In the summer of 2016, we decided to focus on the increasingly lively Governor's Mansion Historic District (GMHD).  Containing some of the city's oldest and most architecturally interesting and historically significant homes, the GMHD neighborhood has recently been enhanced by remarkable growth of restaurants and other retail business on South Main Street (or "SoMa" as it is called), as well as the "Safe Streets" initiatives that have slowed traffic on Main Street and Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive (and soon, we hope, on Broadway!), making key streets more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly. As our Tour Committee came together and homeowners said yes to our invitations, we were able to put together a variety of homes and homeowners that reflected how neighbors who find, restore, and love old homes become the fabric of revived neighborhoods:
  • Ted Holder and Joe van den Heuvel's Sam Scull House on State, a classic Craftsman (c. 1913), reflects years of painstaking restoration and contains one of the neighborhood's most distinctive art collections. 
  • Marsha Stone and Lee Weber's Xenophon Overton Pindall House on Arch, a Tudor Revival/Craftsman (1910) contains three floors of lovingly curated collections of vintage Victorian era advertisements and memorabilia, striking high-fashion dolls, and other collections, displayed in a beautifully restored home.
  • The Martin-Tunnah-Fulk House on Arch is an 1890s Victorian, which architect Charles Thompson converted to a Craftsman style exterior in the early 20th Century, one of a handful of such transformations in the neighborhood.  Scott and Amber Jones have raised three daughters within its lovely and comfortable interior and welcomed tour goers this past spring.
  • Chief Justice Dan Kemp and his wife, Susan Kemp, moved to Little Rock upon Justice Kemp's election to the Arkansas Supreme Court in 2016 and have restored the Redding House on Gaines Street (1902), enhancing the interior of this stately, yet comfortable Colonial Revival with items salvaged from a deteriorating outbuilding and special furniture and objects from their home in Mountain View.
  • Tanya Rollins and Kevin Keech, also newcomers to the neighborhood, leaned into the eclecticism with which architect Theo Sanders designed his later-life personal residence (1920), bringing historically appropriate, but distinctly personal, updates to their Gaines Street home.
  • Elizabeth Michael and Dan Roda's Hemingway House (1893) is one of the neighborhood's most striking Queen Anne Victorians.  While giving much credit to Scott and Sharon Mosely, who saved and restored the home in the 1980s, Elizabeth and Dan have added their own style with unique interior furnishings, a robust Arkansas art collection, and an inviting outdoor living area.
These six homes were the primary focus of the 53rd Spring Tour, but the weekend also included a welcomed return to the Arkansas Governor's Mansion for the Candlelight Dinner on Saturday evening, chaired by QQA Board member Molly McNulty; a friendly gathering and delicious food at the Mother's Day Brunch at Historic Curran Hall on Sunday, chaired by Marcella Dalla Rosa and QQA Board member Laura Sergeant; discounts and other special offers from SoMa restaurants and businesses, along with other great businesses and professionals who sponsored the Tour, including architects, contractors, and realtors who work in the GMHD. Also, University of Central Arkansas students of Ann Ballard Bryan and Pulaski Heights Elementary 5th Graders, under supervision of Sandra Fountain, researched and prepared educational information on other homes of interest along the Tour route, efforts once again coordinated by QQA Board member Toni Johnson.
As Tour Chair, I am especially grateful to our Executive Director Patricia M. Blick, who QQA hired in late January barely three months before the Tour and who jumped right in with marketing, publicity, and courting sponsors, and to Amanda Parker, who as Membership and Activities Coordinator, recruited volunteers, pushed out information as the Tour grew closer, and assisted wherever she was needed.
I am also grateful to those heading up the many key areas, without which the Tour could not be successful: QQA Board members Ashli Ahrens and Gabe Holmstrom chaired Marketing and Publicity; Jeremiah Gardner and Jim Metzger and their crew energized the multi--faceted Street Committee (Trolleys, ticket booths, champagne stations, portalets and much more); Callie Williams and Danielle Butler, Overall House Chairs and both professional preservationists, who provided research on homes and worked with House Chairs and homeowners on scripts and training volunteers; and Ryan Edwards heading up recruitment of the many, many volunteers needed for the Tour. 
Each of the great homes on the 53rd Spring Tour had a House Chair(s) who took primary responsibility for recruiting and organizing between 24 and 36 volunteer docents over three shifts to tell the story of their respective homes.  We are grateful to Representative Warwick and Jessica Sabin (Honorary House Chairs), Courtney and Amber Crouch (Sam Scull), Shalah Brummett (X.O. Pindall), Kathi Jones (Martin-Tunnah-Fulk), Donna Gay (Redding), Alyssa and Matt Frisby (Theo Sanders), and Mandy Stanton and Larry Connelley (Hemingway). 
To name every volunteer who logged many hours to help would take up far too much space, but suffice it to say that it certainly takes well over one hundred volunteers to put on a Spring Tour and related events. 
I briefly mentioned above the 54th Spring Tour, which will be held as part of the celebration of QQA's 50th anniversary as an organization (yes, the Tour is older than QQA!).  We will have very exciting news to announce about the 54th Tour very soon.  So watch for more Spring Tour news from the QQA - preserving greater Little Rock's historic places.

Chuck Cliett
Chair, 53rd Spring Tour
President, QQA Board of Directors
53rd Spring Tour of Homes 
Featured Properties
 

Xenophon Overton Pindall House

Theo Sanders House






Hemingway House



Sam Scull House


Martin Tunnah-Fulk House
Redding House
House Sponsors 
 

 

 
Alejandra & David Robinson

Trolley Sponsors 

Chuck Cliett & Jay Barth

Table Sponsors
 

Capitol Properties
Judge Mary Spencer McGowan 
 Tom McGowan
Chuck Cliett & Jay Barth
Amber & Scott Jones
 
In-Kind Sponsors
 
 
53rd Spring Tour of Homes Committee
 
Chuck Cliett, Event Chair
Patricia M. Blick, Executive Director
Danielle Butler
Charlotte Dollar
Marcella Dalla Rosa
Ryan Edwards
Jeremiah Gardner
Toni Johnson
Jim Metzger
Mike Metzler
Amanda Parker, Membership & Activities Coordinator
Cris Roberts
Laura Sergeant
Callie Williams
Thank you SoMa merchants!

The QQA and the 53rd Spring Tour of Homes committee would like to send a special THANK YOU  to ALL of the downtown SoMa area merchants who offered discounts to tour goers during Mother's Day weekend! We are so grateful for your support and all that you do individually and collectively to support downtown Little Rock and the communities within it. 

      
      
 


          

QQA Membership Update
The Quapaw Quarter Association relies on the support of our members and corporate partners to carry out its mission to
Preserve Greater Little Rock's Historic Places

We appreciate everyone who has joined or renewed their membership with the QQA in 2017!

Individual Members

Chuck Cliett & Jay Barth
Sarah Bennings
Anthony Black
Patricia & David Blick
Tony Bozynski
Patsie Bridges
Anncha Briggs
DeLana Chance
Richard & Mary Cohoon
Courtney & Amber Crouch
Joe & Virginia Crow
George & Cara DeRoeck
Amanda & Joel DiPippa
Paul Dodds
Shana Graves
Cyril & Betsy Hollingsworth
Sarah Isgrig
Tommy & Christine Jameson
Amber & Scott Jones
Mary Bray Kelley
Chief Justice Dan & Mrs. Susan Kemp
Daniel Knight
Jeanette Krohn
Floyd & Rebecca Martin
Garth & Joann Martin
Vanessa & Tim McKuin
Jayme Barth & Susie McNew
Deborah Baldwin & Jim Metzger


Mike Metzler
Gerald & Sandra Nason
Dana & Wally Nixon
Amanda Parker
Bob Razer
Mary Jane Rebick
William F. Rector, Jr. & Sarah Scott-Rector
Alejandra & David Robinson
Representative Warwick & Jessica Sabin
Chris Barrier & Nan Selz
Scott Shepard
Mr. & Mrs. Griffin Smith
Mary Jo Summar
Martha Sutherland
Barry & Kathy Travis
Rett Tucker
Charles B. Whiteside III
Bill & Kathy Worthen

Corporate Partners

Alejandra & David Robinson
Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Arkansas Flag & Banner
Scott Heffington at Aspire Realty
Bray Sheet Metal
Capitol Properties
Capitol Zoning District Commission
Cathedral of St. Andrew
Centennial Bank
CM Construction
Coplin & Hardy
Edward's Cash Saver Plus
Friday, Eldredge & Clark
Jameson Architects, PA
McKimmey Associates & Realtors
Mitchell Williams
MWF Construction
Poe Travel
Pulaski Heights Realty
Sergeant Architects, PLLC

Special Contributions

Judge John Scott in honor of Donna Gay

Chuck Cliett in honor of the 53rd Spring Tour of Homes 
House Chairs and Home Owners:

Chief Justice Dan Kemp and Susan Kemp - Donna Gay
Kevin Keech and Tanya Rollins - Alyssa Frisby
Ted Holder and Joe van den Heuvel - Courtney and Amber Crouch
Dan Roda and Elizabeth Michael - Mandy Stanton and Larry Connelley
Amber and Scott Jones - Kathi Jones
Marsha Stone and Lee Weber - Shalah Brummett

Support the QQA's mission to preserve greater Little Rock's historic places.
 
Incorporated in 1968, the QQA grew out of an effort to identify and protect significant historic structures in Little Rock during the urban renewal projects of the early 1960s. For almost 50 years, the QQA has been a driving force behind historic preservation in Greater Little Rock.
 
The QQA works every day to make sure that preservation interests are well represented as Little Rock grows and works to revitalize downtown and historic neighborhoods. 
 
The QQA depends on event revenue and annual membership donations from people just like you - those who appreciate and value our community's history, unique architecture, scenic natural landscapes, and the undeniable sense of place these attributes provide.