Volume 1|2020
Members Only Reception at the Redding House
Plan to Attend

Join the QQA for our annual members only reception at the historic Redding House. Memberships are available at the door. You can buy or renew your membership for as little as $35.00. You can purchase memberships here.

Food, wine, and beer will be available. Please RSVP by January 22.

The Redding House

The Redding House was constructed in 1902 by an unknown investor to market as a rental home. It is uniquely ornate for a rental home, with Colonial Revival details and intricate interior woodwork. The first tenant was Sid B. Redding. Redding served as the Clerk for the U.S. Eastern District Court as well as a life insurance salesman. Redding lived in the home with his wife and children as well as the occasional additional tenant until 1910. The home changed hands several times over the next few years, and people from several different backgrounds including a dentist, a building contractor, and the Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral lived in the home. In 1937, the home sold to Edward F. Baxter, who remained in the home until his death in 1957. Through the next decades the house had many owners that made efforts to open bed and breakfasts in the home as well as restoration efforts to bring it back to its original glory. It was not until Constance and Charles Manning purchased the home that significant efforts were made to rehabilitate it. Much of the original woodwork was maintained due to their efforts. In May 2016, after being elected Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, Justice Dan Kemp and his wife, Susan Kemp, purchased the home from the owners at the time, the Lorbachs. Working with Toni Johnson of Johnson Consulting, they have undertaken additional rehabilitation to enhance the home’s stately, yet very comfortable, living spaces.

Event Information
January 23, 2020
5:30-7:30 pm
1716 S. Gaines Street
Little Rock, AR 72206

E-mail qqa@quapaw.com or call Shelle Stormoe at 501-371-0075 ext. 3.
2020 Preservation Conversations
The QQA's 2020 Preservation Conversations take place on the second Thursday of every month at the Mixing Room, part of the Paint Factory, at 1300 E 6th Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72202.

This year's Preservation Conversations are underwritten through a generous grant from the Quapaw Nation .
  • January 9: History of Public Water in Central Arkansas, Tad Bohannon of Central Arkansas Water. RSVP.
  • February 13: Abatement Issues Associated with Historic Properties, Justin Dixon with Snyder Environmental. RSVP.
  • March 12: Solar 101 for Historic Places, Seal Energy Solutions, with Josh Davenport Seal and Heather Nelson. RSVP.
  • April 9: Chimney Safety: Maintenance and Repair, Jason Ward with Firecrest Chimney Services, LLC. RSVP.
  • May 14: Albert Pike: The Man and the Scottish Rite Temple, Maureen Richmond. RSVP.
  • June 11: Vestal Florists, Sarah Vestal. RSVP.
  • July 9: Rackensack Folklore Society Pulaski County, Charlotte Copeland and others. RSVP.
  • August 13: Treaty of 1824 and Quapaw Removal, Dr. Joseph Key.
  • September 10: ARDOT and GIS Technology: Mapping Historic Resources, Gina Hopkins.
  • October 8: Little Rock Insane Asylum, Mike Hood.
  • November 12: Historic Properties and Electrical: The Risk is in What You Cannot See, Brent Staley, Staley Electric.
  • December 10: Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits, Toni Johnson.
First Quarter Preservation Conversations
History of Public Water in Central Arkansas by Tad Bohannon

Join the QQA as we hear Tad Bohannon, CEO of Central Arkansas Water, speak about the history of public water in Central Arkansas.

January 9, 2019
5:30 pm (reception) 6:00 pm (lecture)
Abatement Issues Associated with Historic Properties by Justin Dixon with Snyder Environmental

Join the QQA as we discuss abatement issues and historic properties with Snyder Environmental. You can find out about their abestos abatement work here.

February 13, 2020
5:30 pm (reception) 6:00 pm (lecture)
Solar 101 for Historic Places, by Josh Davenport Seal and Heather Nelson with Seal Energy Solutions

Join the QQA as we discuss using solar on historic properties.

March 12, 2020
5:30 pm (reception) 6:00 pm (lecture)
56th QQA Spring Tour of Homes 2020, Pettaway
The 56 th QQA Spring Tour of Homes, scheduled for May 9-10, 2020, is slated for the Pettaway neighborhood in downtown Little Rock. Spring Tour chairpersons are Pettaway residents Adam and Jillean Fogleman. 

Pettaway was one of the last areas of downtown Little Rock to be developed in the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries. Pettaway is bounded by Scott Street on the west, Interstate 30 on the east, 15th Street on the north, and Roosevelt Road on the south. The neighborhood was known as “East Broadway” for many years, but was later named after the influential Baptist minister, C.D. Pettaway. 

Rev. Pettaway moved to Little Rock in 1918, and purchased a house at 519 E. 21 st . The house still stands next to Pettaway Park that was once part Rev. Pettaway’s estate. In addition to working as minister of Shiloh Baptist Church in the Hanger Hill neighborhood, Rev. Pettaway was influential in health care for African-Americans in Arkansas. The year he moved to Little Rock and purchased his home on 21 st street, Rev. Pettaway and Dr. Fred Thomas Jones started the United Friends of America Fraternal Benefit Society, which provided medical care and burial insurance for African-Americans. Dr. Jones and Rev. Pettaway also established the Great Southern Fraternal Hospital, located at the intersection of 9 th and State streets, near Taborian Hall. In 1922, the United Friends of America purchased a house on 10 th street, near the Philander Smith College Campus, which they turned into a 25 bed hospital and a nurse training school. The original location of the hospital was torn down as part of the Urban Renewal era construction of I-630. It was relocated to the intersection of 11 th and Martin Luther King. This hospital remained open until 1975.    

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Pettaway Park area of the “East Broadway” neighborhood struggled with gang and drug activity. In 1994, residents established the East Broadway Neighborhood Association to address these problems. In 2003, they renamed the organization and the neighborhood after Rev. Pettaway. Since the difficult days of the 1990s, Pettaway has emerged as a hub of growth in downtown Little Rock. The Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation added 19 homes on vacant lots in Pettaway between 2003 and 2013. Other developers have also begun building infill homes in the area, as well as renovating older homes. Now, Pettaway is one of the most vibrant and forward-looking neighborhoods in the city.     

More information on the QQA 56 th Spring Tour of Homes is forthcoming. There will be several sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering, contact the QQA Membership & Activities Coordinator, Shelle Stormoe, at qqa@quapaw.com or by calling 501-371-0075 ext. 3. 
Map courtesy of the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette.
2020 Board of Directors
2019 Membership Meeting

Over 100 members attend the QQA Annual Membership Meeting and Greater Little Rock Preservation Awards at Moon Distributors off Roosevelt Road on October 23, 2019. The QQA elected and renewed board members, thanked retiring board members, made changes to the QQA bylaws, and presented Preservation Awards. The 2019 Greater Little Rock Preservation Awards were announced in a previous special edition of Chronicle sent in November 2019. You can read that issue here.

In addition to approving new members of the QQA Board of Directors, members also voted on the following changes to the QQA by-laws:
  • Number and tenure of board members
  • Logistical changes to annual meeting
  • Protection of QQA assets
  • Functions and requirements of the Executive Committee
  • Updated language relevant to the Nominating and Board Development Committee
  • Updates to membership approval of a slate of Directors
  • Changed the method of amending bylaws
Chuck Cliett, chair of the QQA Nominations and Development Committee, also lead revisions to the QQA bylaws.
Patricia Blick, QQA Executive Director, thanks John Herzog for his service on the QQA Board of Directors.
Patricia Blick, QQA Executive Director, thanks Gabe Holmstrom, for his service on the QQA Board of Directors.
Patricia Blick, QQA Executive Director, thanks Shana Graves for her service on the QQA Board of Directors.

Not pictured: Jean Block and Kathy McCarroll
QQA Board of Directors, 2020

Ashli Ahrens, President
Molly McNulty, President-elect
Joshua Ang Price, Secretary
Ngozi “Nome” Brown, Treasurer
Stacy Hamilton, VP of Education
Tricia Peacock, VP Development
David Robinson, VP Advocacy
Board Members

Ann Ballard Bryan
Chuck Cliett 
Kenya Eddings
Antonio Figueroa
Toni Johnson 
Jena Selva
Angela Sortor
Darius Walton
Doyle Webb