MacArthur Park Historic District

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Map of the MacArthur Park Historic District.

The MacArthur Park Historic District is a six hundred acre local ordinance historic district just south of downtown Little Rock.

Historic district status permits the Little Rock Board of Directors and its constituent Historic District Commission the authority to regulate the "alteration, restoration, construction, moving, and demolition of structures" inside the district boundaries. The district is bounded by I-30 and Ferry Street on the east, Fifteenth Street to the south, Scott and Cumberland streets to the west, and Capitol Street to the north. The district was established federally in 1977, and again in 1981 by local city Ordinance No. 14,042 in conformity with the Historic Districts Act of 1963.

Prominent landmarks in the district - which has 275 cataloged structures - include Curran Hall, the Arkansas Arts Center, the Tower Building, the Absalom Fowler House, the Pike-Fletcher-Terry House, Trapnall Hall, Mount Holly Cemetery, First Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, Saint Edward's Catholic Church, Lincoln House, the Garland-Mitchell House, the Cook House, Villa Marre, Butler House, Kramer Elementary School, East Side Junior High School, Number Two Fire Station, and Knapp Memorial cenotaph and drinking fountain. Housing styles represented in the district include Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne, Romanesque Revival, Colonial Revival, Neoclassical Revival, and Craftsman. The district is named after MacArthur Park, which derives its namesake from General Douglas MacArthur who was born at the Arsenal formerly located at the park site.

The Quapaw Quarter Association is a voluntary nonprofit organization working to save and restore historic structures in the MacArthur Park neighborhood.


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