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2015 Year in Review
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Upcoming Events

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The 52nd Spring Tour of Homes will be held Mother's Day weekend!


We're revisiting a favorite neighborhood of ours that hasn't seen a Spring Tour in awhile. Can you guess where?!


If you or your business are interested in sponsoring the Quapaw Quarter Association's 52nd Annual Spring Tour of Homes please contact us at 501.371.0075 for more information or send an email to 

Heart of the Home:
Developing the Modern Kitchen
Heart of the Home: Developing the Modern Kitchen
The Boyle House,
 2020 Arch Street

Date and time to be announced

The Heart of the Home tour will feature the kitchen of the Boyle House at 2020 Arch Street. The tour will focus on the changes in the Boyle House kitchen from the construction of the home to the present, with an emphasis on the lives of three of the women who have lived there. These women made changes to the Boyle House kitchen that were influenced by current styles, technology, and changes in gender roles. 

Join us to learn more!

Contact Danielle Moses at for more information.
QQA receives
 Excellence in Heritage Preservation Award 
Pictured: Board Members Cheri Nichols, John Herzog, and Ashli Ahrens

The Quapaw Quarter Association is honored to receive the Excellence in Heritage Preservation Award from Preserve Arkansas for the Historic Building Marker Program.

If you would like more information on the QQA Historic Building Marker Program or to submit your application please visit our website at for more information. 
Board Retreat
Thank you to everyone who took time to participate in the Quapaw Quarter Association Strategic Planning Membership Survey.

January 22nd and 23rd our Board of Directors and QQA Staff held a long planned Board Retreat. The Board and Staff worked closely together with Preservation Consultant Mary Ruffin of Hanbury Preservation Consulting.

 We had a very productive retreat and we look forward to collectively growing QQA in our mission to
Save Greater Little Rock's Historic Places!

Meet our New Board Members
Jean Block is a native of Marin County, California. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law. She and her husband, Rodney Block, have been residents of the greater Little Rock area since 2002, and have lived in the Governor's Mansion District of Little Rock since 2010. Jean has been licensed to practice law since 2000. She spent seven years working as an Assistant Attorney General in the Attorney Generals' Office and has served as Chief Legal Counsel of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery since fall 2012.

Jean has been closely involved with or served on the boards of numerous Little Rock events and organizations including the Arkansas Literary Festival, Arkansas Literacy Councils, Historic Arkansas Museum, and Reach Out and Read Arkansas. She recently joined the board of the Arkansas Repertory Theater. In addition to volunteering her time, Jean enjoys running, reading, and traveling.

Molly McGowan  is a Little Rock native who grew up in the Boyle House in the Quapaw Quarter. She is a proud graduate of Little Rock Central High School and Davidson College in North Carolina. Before returning to Little Rock, Molly spent three years in Washington, D.C. where she served as U.S. Senator Blanche L. Lincoln's Executive Assistant.

In 2009, Molly began a joint program with the UALR Bowen School of Law and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. She graduated with a J.D. and a M.P.S. in December 2012, and she currently serves as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond Abramson on the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Molly enjoys being involved in several community and professional organizations including serving on the Board of Ballet Arkansas, Mayor's Tourism Commission, Junior League of Little Rock, Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers, and the Arkansas Bar Association. She and her husband, Chris McNulty, of Pine Bluff, just celebrated their nuptials this past December with a wedding at Christ Episcopal Church.

Woodruff House Update
Moving It Forward

Executive Director Rhea Roberts spoke with Mariam Makatasaaria in the January 2016 of Arkansas Life Magazine on our continued preservation and restoration efforts at the William E. Woodruff House. 
You can check out the article HERE. 

Photo Credit: Sara Reeves

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Curran Hall, home to the Little Rock Visitor Information Center and the Mayor's Reception Hall is a unique setting for a wide variety of business and social functions.

Our radiant garden and grounds are an ideal setting for any bridal portrait or shower. The West Parlor is a quiet spot for a shower or reunion and our rocking chairs invite one and all to 'sit a spell'.

Download the Curran Hall Rental Agreement HERE for more information, call Amanda Gwatney at 501.371.0075 ext. 3 or email  
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2015 Winter Wonderland Festivus
Pictured: Justin Gatlin & Erin O'Leary

QQA's Annual Holiday Party was held December 14 at the Kramer School Artist Lofts (thanks to Jill Judy and Mark Brown for donating the space). Featured artist John Kushmaul donated a number of amazing pieces along with a very popular wine pull and silent auction. Ashli Ahrens lead the event with the assistance of fellow Board members Laura Sergeant and Antoinette Johnson. 
Special thanks to everyone who attended, in-kind donors, sponsors, and especially volunteers!

QQA Statement on I-30 Crossing
The 30 Crossing project is not, strictly speaking, a historic preservation issue.  As far as we presently are aware, no significant historic resources would be directly affected by the project.  However, the project almost certainly would have an impact on redevelopment efforts east of Interstate 30 in Little Rock, an area in which the Quapaw Quarter Association has a vested interest as owner of the Woodruff House.  In addition, 30 Crossing brings with it a wide array of design and quality-of-life issues that would affect the Quapaw Quarter - and the City as a whole - for decades to come.  Consequently, the Quapaw Quarter Association offers its perspective:

As historic preservationists who have witnessed firsthand the destructive and divisive impact interstate highways have had on cities across the country, we cannot be "pro-interstate."  There can be no doubt that the interstate highway program was poorly conceived when it came to routing interstates through cities, and Little Rock has suffered accordingly.  History reflects that in past generations, many state and city leaders wrote off areas east of Interstate 30 and south of Interstate 630 as the "bad" parts of town, best separated from the rest of the city by concrete barriers.  Ideally, these barriers would come down, and our city could be knitted back together.
However, it is our belief - after meetings with highway officials and city leaders, as well as much discussion - that there is very little chance the interstates will be removed entirely from the heart of downtown Little Rock.  Given that belief, we consider it critical to be involved in guiding the 30 Crossing project so that it has the least possible detrimental impact on the Quapaw Quarter and is designed with features that might even be viewed as positive.

As an organization committed to the preservation and revitalization of historic places in Little Rock, we believe any major undertaking like this should focus on getting people to downtown Little Rock, not through it; enhancing safety; and repairing as much of the physical divide created by I-30 and I-630 as possible.  Some traffic congestion in an urban area should be accepted as a fact of life.  In addition, research suggests that transportation innovations will lead to fewer, not more, cars driving through and into Little Rock in years to come.  We hope that the following factors will be addressed before the 30 Crossing project is finalized:

Consider all options to enhance safety
Repair of the I-30 bridge should be seen as an opportunity to design the best possible solution to safety and traffic concerns in downtown Little Rock.  While most are not fatal, this stretch of I-30 has a high number of accidents.  Those travelling this route would benefit from better-designed interchanges and on and off ramps.  Preferably, these safety issues can be addressed without widening the Interstate footprint so much that it will trigger construction and widenings in Little Rock and central Arkansas for many years to come.  We look forward to learning the results of the NEPA process evaluation of an eight lane option.        

Repair divide between east and west
All streets that currently connect the east and west sides of I-30 need to remain open.  The connections should be enhanced to encourage pedestrian and bicycle traffic in addition to vehicular traffic.  Noise should be reduced along the corridor, and, in particular, where roads will pass under the Interstate.  The Hanger Hill area has struggled since the construction of I-30, and is now seeing renewed interest and investment in spite of it.  One issue the neighborhood faces daily is the 15th Street exit off I-630 that allows drivers to exit, cut through the neighborhood at high speeds on College Street, and enter I-30 further north.  The high speeds at which they travel on College Street create constant safety concerns for local residents.  This problem needs to be addressed, but a 15th Street exit should remain open for use by residents and local businesses. 
Design and prepare for transportation innovations
Many people and organizations have worked very hard to revitalize downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, and they will continue to do so.  Nationwide, people are driving less and moving back to vibrant urban areas.  Perhaps fewer lanes for through traffic would accommodate future needs and encourage drivers to take other routes around downtown.  If collector distributor lanes are built at grade and integrated with the existing street grid, we believe the visual impact of ten lanes through downtown would be lessened.  Ideally, the final plan would be such that future construction work, which would further disrupt life and commerce downtown, could be avoided.    
Minimize disruptions during construction
Even if all goes according to plan, we understand that the construction phase of this project is scheduled to last a minimum of four full years, beginning in 2017 or 2018 and running through the end of 2021.  If not planned and staged thoughtfully to minimize disruptions to the downtown area, the project could possibly slow or halt downtown's renaissance, particularly east of I-30, at a critical time for Little Rock.  We urge AHTD, with input from city government and other stakeholders, to work hard to avoid harming the very good things happening throughout the downtown area.  

We are specifically opposed to the pairing of Second and Fourth Streets as the "off and on- ramps" for downtown Little Rock.  A better solution must be found for the problems associated with the intersection of La Harpe Boulevard, President Clinton Avenue, and Cumberland Street.  We favor the idea of a design charrette drawing upon local talent.
We are encouraged by AHTD's continued discussions with the public and stakeholders and with the recent changes to the plan in response to local concerns.  The Quapaw Quarter Association urges the continuation of these discussions until all parties with a vested interest in downtown are satisfied. 



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Click HERE to watch the Awards Slideshow 

Greater Little Rock
 Preservation Awards Recap
Awards of Merit

(To view photos of the awarded properties please click on the Awards Slideshow)

Matt Foster for Rehabilitation of the Leo Treadway House

The Leo Treadway House at 2215 S. Louisiana was built circa 1898 as an American Foursquare with Colonial Revival details. Mr. Treadway was secretary and treasurer of the Treadway Electric Company, and his family lived here as late as 1939. The 1913 Sanborn map shows this house sharing a parcel with the rental house to the south (2217). The double lot also included a stable, servants' quarters, and a "buggy house". 
By 1939, the lots had been subdivided, the outbuildings had been replaced with a single four-car garage, and the Treadway House had been converted to apartments, its two-story rear porch now enclosed. Architectural surveys in 1987 and 1998 each describe the property as being in fair condition and in use as a multifamily dwelling. 
Capitol Zoning District Commission staff issued a permit in May 2012 for exterior rehabilitation work, including repairs to siding, columns, and windows. The front porch awning appears to have been removed between 1980 and 1987. Several of the windows had been boarded since 1998.

In January 2014, CZDC found that the house was suffering from Demolition by Neglect. Matt and Whitney Foster purchased the property in February of 2014 and applied for a permit for exterior rehabilitation at the end of that month.

Matt Foster and his company, MWF Construction performed all the work. They replaced the roof, rebuilt the dormers, fixed all the windows, converted a bedroom into a master bath and closet, repaired lots of rot from roof leaks and bad siding, remodeled the bathrooms, and added a third floor room. They added all new plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. They also replaced the front porch and painted everything. In Matt's opinion, the best thing they did was bring back the original balustrade and staircase. When the house was converted to a duplex in the '50s, the balustrade had been removed and stairs had been walled up, which really destroyed the open foyer. MWF used reclaimed lumbner to repair the stair nosing and matched the few existing spindles and hand railings.

Rehabilitation is now complete and the Leo Treadway House is once again a jewel in the Governor's Mansion Historic District.

CJRW, Jameson Architects, Kinco Constructors, and Terraforma, LLC for the rehabilitation of the Fulk Building

After the previous structure on site was destroyed by major fire in 1900, Judge Frances M. Fulk, a prominent Little Rock attorney and property owner, constructed a new Romanesque Revival styled masonry building complete with interior iron columns as well as wood framed floors and roof. Besides being representative of the typical commercial architecture in downtown Little Rock when similar three-story structures like it lined Main Street, it also held significance for the city as being the site of the first meeting of the Little Rock City Council.

By the 1920s, the retail space had been modernized with a new recessed plaza-style storefront. T he building hosted numerous tenants over the years including restaurants, clothing and shoe stores, and financial institutions. However, by the middle of the twentieth century, the second and third floors were substantially unused. Only Bennett's Military Surplus occupied the first floor, where it had been since 1973. 
The Fulk Building has now been leased, designed and rehabilitated to accommodate a 60 person advertising agency. The business necessitated a variety of open and closed office spaces, conference rooms, and collaborative spaces along with associated improvements to meet building codes and modern office needs.

Thirteen months of rehabilitation work provided structural improvements, a new energy efficient roof system, masonry repairs, new efficient storefronts, refurbished windows. Original plaster was retained whenever possible and sealed.
The Fulk Building is now open for business and making a significant contribution to the economic vitality of downtown Little Rock and the Main Street Creative Corridor.

Darrell Brown and the Sherwood History and Heritage Committee for rehabilitation of the Roundtop Filling Station

Located on a once well-traveled section of U.S. Highway 67 between St. Louis and Little Rock, the Roundtop Filling Station was built in 1936 by The Justin Matthews Company for The Sinclair Refining Company, operating in Arkansas as The Pierce Oil Company.
In the early 1950s, Pierce sold the Roundtop to The Phillips Petroleum Company, and the station became a Phillips 66. Wallace David "Happy" Williford, of Jacksonville bought the Roundtop in 1957 for $8,000 and operated it exclusively until 1981, when he retired and closed the station.

In 2003, the building was to the City of Sherwood. The Rountop was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2008 for its association with the development of Arkansas highway culture and because the station is the only known example of this type of filling station left in the state.
In January 2013, Sherwood Mayor Virginia Young asked Darrell W. Brown, a longtime Sherwood resident and local historian, to lead the public campaign to save the historic landmark. Brown worked to raise money, applied for historic preservation grants, and increased public awareness about the Roundtop.

In 2013, the Roundtop was named to the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas' Most Endangered Historic Places list. Later that year, the City of Sherwood received a $50,000 historic preservation grant from the AHPP.

Phase I of the project began in April 2014. Sherwood was awarded a second grant from the AHPP ($78,000) in July 2014 to complete the rehabilitation of the building.
Sadly, on November 2, 2014, a fire damaged the building's exterior. Ther Sherwood Police Department reported it an arson attempt but no arrests were made.

Phase II of the project was completed on January 3, 2015, and the old filling station is now used by the Sherwood Police Department as its Southside Substation. Other major contributors to the project were Philip Quandt of Taggert Architects, PDC Construction, City of Sherwood, Sherwood Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas Air Flow, Inc., Fraley Roofing, Souther Coating and Nameplate, and Floyd E. Brown and Family.

Ellen and Tom Fennell for their Forgotten Little Rock Facebook page

Last fall, Tom and Ellen Fennell created the Forgotten Little Rock Facebook page to feature areas of Little Rock that don't get much attention but have incredible architecture. They started in the areas south of I-630, namely Central High and the Sunset Neighborhoods but their content has expanded to include fabulous architecture all over the city and surrounding areas. Architectural gems and examples are highlighted and discussed in this story book of forgotten Little Rock. In addition to looking at vernacular and obscure architecture, they are photographing and discussing some of Little Rock's most prominent architects of the past such as George Mann and John Parks Almand.

The page features buildings the founders think are architecturally significant and are a recording of these structures in real time -- they are documents of the buildings as they stand today. The page has over 3,300 members and an article was published July of this year in the Democrat Gazette featuring this project. 
The 2015 Peg Smith Award 
Laura Sergeant

The Peg Smith Award has been given since 1980 to recognize "a Quapaw Quarter Association member whose volunteer work on QQA projects and programs has been particularly exemplary." It is named for its first recipient, Peg Newton Smith, who truly was an exemplary volunteer, not just for the Quapaw Quarter Association but also for many other organizations whose focus was Little Rock's or Arkansas' heritage. She was one of the incorporators of the QQA in 1968, she served on the board for several years, and she remained an active supporter until her death in 2003.

Like Peg Smith, Laura Sergeant always seems to be working on something for the QQA. She's volunteered with the Spring Tour in nearly every capacity since she moved to downtown Little Rock and chaired the tour in 2011 and 2012. She  also gives her time to Tree Streets, the Mansion Area Advisory Committee, Quapaw Home and Garden Club,  The Cornbread Festival, Downtown Neighborhood Association, and other community groups. She and Ed have rehabilitated their own home downtown, returning it to single family use after it had been apartments.

Since joining the QQA Board of Directors in January 2010, she has gone above and beyond her duties as a board member. She served as President for two term, has served on the Advocacy Committee for several years and now chairs the Nominating and Board Development Committee. She was part of the team that hosted a very successful 50th Spring Tour and helped with the important task of recognizing former tour chairs at the Sunday brunch. She was instrumental in getting our Summer Suppers program started, and chaired the in 2015. She makes the time to attend and bring friends to nearly every QQA function, and is usually responsibly for food, decorations, or flowers. She does not shy away from asking for anything when the QQA needs donations and she always offers to help out when she can. She is the kind of board member and volunteer most organizations can only dream of.

The 2015 Jimmy Strawn Award
The Group

The Jimmy Strawn Award has been presented annually since 1980. It is considered the QQA's most prestigious award because it's given to "someone whose efforts on behalf of the preservation of Greater Little Rock's architectural heritage are an inspiration to the entire community." The list of recipients is a veritable "Who's Who" of preservation in Greater Little Rock.
The award is named for James W. Strawn, Jr. - better known as Jimmy - who in the mid-1960s saved the Villa Marre, which was considered the second "official" Quapaw Quarter restoration project when it was completed in 1966. He also was one of the incorporators of the Quapaw Quarter Association in 1968 and served on the QQA board into the early 1970s. In other words, he was a true preservation pioneer in Little Rock. He probably is most widely remembered, however, for donating the Villa Marre to the Quapaw Quarter Association in 1980, a very generous gift which even today is helping to support the QQA's work through a fund that was established when the house was sold in 2002.

The 2015 recipient of the Jimmy Strawn Award is The Group for their long-time investment and rehabilitation of the Governor's Mansion Historic District and their commitment to downtown Little Rock.
Quapaw Quarter Association 

The Quapaw Quarter Association's mission is 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.  Throughout its existence, the QQA has been a driving force behind historic preservation in Greater Little Rock.


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Meet Mary Ruffin Hanbury
Mary Ruffin Hanbury is the founding principal of  Hanbury Preservation Consulting
, a firm established to help communities and organizations plan for the future by understanding and protecting those resources that provide a sense of place and a quality of life.

Prior to founding her own firm, she was the Preservation Planning and Grants Supervisor for the North Carolina Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) where she provided technical assistance to over 100 local preservation commissions and managed the Certified Local Government program. As a Program Officer with the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Southern Office, she developed, managed, and executed a national volunteer response program in New Orleans in response to Hurricane Katrina. 

She also provided advisory and field services throughout fifteen states in the southern region, developing and implementing strategies for key intervention and advocacy issues. And as an architectural historian for the Tidewater Region of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR/SHPO) she developed, implemented and monitored a comprehensive regional program for the identification, permane nt recording, evaluation, registration, and sensitive treatment of historic buildings, structures, districts, objects, and cultural landscapes in the thirty counties and cities of eastern Virginia.
Mary Ruffin has a Bachelors in Art History from Yale University and a Masters in Urban Planning from the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. She has extensive volunteer experience.

 She has served on the Raleigh Historic Districts Commission and on the board of Preservation Action, a national preservation education and advocacy organization. Currently she is a reader for the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America grants and serves on the board of the North Carolina State Capitol Foundation.

An Evening with Rosanne Cash presented by Arkansas State University 
Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash will be in Little Rock Thursday, March 3, for "An Evening with Rosanne Cash" at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion.

The benefit event will be hosted by Governor Asa Hutchinson, First Lady Susan Hutchinson, and Arkansas State University, with proceeds going to the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and photo opportunity, followed by "Memories, Music, and More," including Cash's reflections on her involvement with restoration of her father's home and music inspired by her reconnections with the South. She began working with A-State in 2011 to acquire and restore the home and has remained actively involved in the project.

Tickets are $150 per person. Sponsorship opportunities also are available. Gold sponsorships are $2,500 and include eight event tickets, recognition at the event, and first section seating. Silver sponsorship at $1,000 and include four event tickets, recognition at the event, and second section seating.
Tickets or sponsorships may be obtained by calling 870-972-2803, e-mailing, or going to to pay securely online by credit card. (Please put "Cash Benefit" in the "Other" category). Checks may be made to Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and mailed to P. O. Box 2050, State University, AR 72467. Limited tickets are available and must be purchased no later than Feb. 22.

The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home opened in August 2014, along with exhibits in the Historic Dyess Colony Administration Building. The Arkansas State University Heritage Site is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The next phase of the project will include re-creating the Cash farmstead buildings, including the barn (to be adapted inside for classroom and special events space), smokehouse, chicken coop, and outhouse.

QQA Historic Building Marker Presentation
The QQA along with the Historic Building Marker Committee presented the first round of markers to property owners on October 13.  In all there were over 35 markers handed out! 

Special thanks to the Committee for all of their hard work and to intern Danielle Butler for the detailed research on each property.

If you are interested in applying for a QQA Historic Building Marker you can access the information HERE. If you need assistance on determining your property's eligibility please contact us at

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QQA Merchandise
QQA Merchandise Now Available

We're happy to announce that the QQA is now offering t-shirts, tumblers, and bumper stickers for purchase so that you can show your love of historic preservation out and about around Little Rock. 
Purchases may be made at any QQA event or at the paypal link below. There is a $3.50 postage charge for tumblers and shirts, though any items may be picked up for free at our office at 615 E. Capitol Street. 

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QQA T-Shirt
Available in sizes XS-XL
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Quapaw Quarter Bumper Sticker

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