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The Quapaw Quarter Association 53rd Spring Tour of Homes will be held MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND (MAY 13-14)

Little Rock, Ark. - The Quapaw Quarter Association (QQA) will host its 53rd Spring Tour on Mother's Day weekend, May 13-14.  This year, the Tour returns to the Governor’s Mansion Historic District, featuring six homes on Arch, Gaines and State Streets.  Tour hours are 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Sunday.  Tickets may be purchased in advance for $20, or on site the day of for $30.  Children 10 and under are free. No high heels please.

The QQA’s Spring Tour of Homes began in 1963 and in 2014 was the recipient of the Grand Old Classic Special Event Award at the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism’s Henry Awards.

“The Spring Tour fits perfectly into our mission — preserving greater Little Rock’s historic places,” said QQA Board President and Spring Tour Chair Chuck Cliett.  “This year, participants will see six lovingly restored homes and experience the energy and renewed investment in one of Little Rock’s great old neighborhoods. We invite all to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with us.”

The tour will feature a candlelight tour and dinner on Saturday evening, May 13 (business or cocktail attire, again, no high heels please), with tickets $125 per person.  The event includes a tour of the homes from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with dinner at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion following. Diners will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction of several works and one commissioned piece by painter John Kushmaul. The artist is one of the best contemporary chroniclers of Little Rock’s urban cityscapes and neighborhoods. CANDLELIGHT TOUR & DINNER IS SOLD OUT

Other activities include a Mother’s Day brunch at Curran Hall between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ($50 per person; includes tickets to the Sunday afternoon tour). Neighborhood businesses will have special offers or discounts on the weekend of the tour.

 

The 53rd Spring Tour will feature the Hemingway House at 1720 Arch St. (c. 1894-95); the Martin-Tunnah-Fulk House at 1910 Arch St.  (c. 1890, with alterations c. 1925); the Xenophon Overton Pindall House at 2000 Arch St. (c. 1910); the Redding House at 1716 S. Gaines St. (c. 1902); the Theo Sanders House at 1907 S. Gaines St. (c. 1920); and the Sam Scull House at 2300 S. State St. (c. 1914).

 

Continuing an education program begun at last year’s spring tour, students in the gifted and talented program at Pulaski Heights Elementary School are researching the history of several non-tour homes along the tour route. New this year, senior preservation students at the University of Central Arkansas are chronicling oral histories in connection with these non-tour homes. Signs that explain the history of the homes, as researched by these students, will be posted in front of the homes.

 

“Education is always a key component of successful preservation work,” said Patricia Blick, the QQA’s Executive Director. “The QQA is thrilled to be partnering with both UCA and Pulaski Heights Elementary School, whose students in turn help educate tour-goers as they walk between our featured homes.”

 

Food trucks and other activities along the tour route will be available, as well as complimentary trolleys.

Eventbrite - 53rd Spring Tour of Homes

To be a 53rd Spring Tour of Homes sponsor please contact the QQA offices at 501.371.0075 ext. 4 or Patricia.Blick@quapaw.com



CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!

The 53rd Spring Tour of Homes is QQA's biggest educational event of the year and it wouldn't be possible without ALL of our AMAZING volunteers! We would love for you to join us in showcasing these beautiful historic homes! We are looking for volunteers for the following positions Tour weekend:

To sign up for a volunteer shift or to get more information on a particular shift please follow the link below. If you have any questions please contact Ryan Edwards, Volunteer Coordinator at 501.908.2496 or Charlotte Dollar, Volunteer Co-Coordinator at 501.410.3390. 

To say THANK YOU for your donation of time, energy and hard work EACH volunteer will receive free admission to either the Saturday or Sunday AFTERNOON tours. Additionally, ALL volunteers are invited to a special Volunteer Appreciation Party, Sunday, May 21st from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM at Historic Curran Hall. 

For general information regarding the 53rd Spring Tour of Homes or for sponsorship and ticket options please contact Patricia M. Blick, Executive Director, QQA at patricia.blick@quapaw.com or 501.371.0075 ext. 4. 

 

 


Martin-Tunnah-Fulk House c. 1890

Martin-Tunnah-Fulk House

The house at 1910 Arch Street was built in c. 1890 for George W. Martin and his wife, Margaret Caldwell Martin. The surrounding area was developed for residential use with the help of local architect Frank Gibb, who may have had a hand in the design of the original Queen-Anne Style house on this property. The Martin’s were known to love entertaining, which is evident in the original expensive interior finishes including quarter-sawn oak trim, paneling, and impressive inlaid parquet floor in the entry. James Kirkwood Tunnah and his wife Mai purchased the home in 1894. In 1924, Mrs. Tunnah sold the home to the Judge Guy Fulk, who immediately went to work on renovating this property into the hybrid Tudor Revival - Craftsman Style residence you see today, with designs created by architects Charles Thompson and his partner Thomas Harding. During the 1950s and through the 1970s, the property was divided up into apartments. The home was eventually left vacant and in such a deteriorated state, it was condemned by the city. Thanks to local officials who recognized the historic nature of the house, the residence was saved and eventually brought back to life by subsequent owners, including the current owners,


Hemingway House, c. 1893

Hemingway House

The Hemingway House was designed and constructed by the Little Rock architectural firm of Rickon and Thompson for the former Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court Wilson E. Hemingway in c. 1893. Charles L. Thompson is one of the most well-known of the early Arkansas architects, designing scores of buildings across Arkansas, including more than 50 structures in the surrounding Governor’s Mansion area. This house was designed in the lavish “Queen Anne” style with typical ornamentation; including “gingerbread” details, fish-scale shingles, and elaborate trim-work. The house also features a curved front porch supported by unusual paired columns and an impressive grand staircase in the entryway. Wilson E. Hemingway resigned from the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1893, the same time this house was nearing completion. He then entered into practice with U. M. Rose and George B. Rose and became a partner in what would become the Rose Law Firm, one of the largest law firms in the state of Arkansas. The Hemingway family continued to live in the home until 1925. In subsequent years, the home was owned by the Gray family until 1949. It was then subdivided into apartments in the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1980s, Scott and Sharon Mosely undertook major renovations to restore the house to its former glory. Dan Roda and Elizabeth Michael now own the home and have lived there for several years. The house now features beautiful original interior woodwork, unique interior furnishings including furniture designed by Paul Michael Company (Ms. Michael’s father). The owners also have a robust collection of art by local artists.


Xenophon O. Pindall House, c. 1910

Xenophon O. Pindall House

The Xenophon Overton Pindall House was built in c. 1910, most likely for former acting Governor Pindall and his family. The design of the home is a combination of Craftsman and Tudor Revival styles. X. O. Pindall was raised in Missouri and Arkansas and eventually started a law practice in southeastern Arkansas during the late 1890s. In 1902, Pindall was elected to the state House of Representatives. In 1906, he was a candidate for state Attorney General, but was defeated; instead he was elected to the Arkansas Senate in a later special election to fill a vacancy caused by the death of Senator Howard Robb. In 1907, after being elected President Pro Tempore of the Senate, X. O. Pindall became the acting Governor of Arkansas due to the elected Governor’s emotional and physical breakdown. He served as acting Governor for a year and seven months, except for five days when the Speaker of the House had himself sworn in as Governor while Pindall was out of the state. In 1909, Pindall returned to private law practice and quickly became a prominent jurist and civic leader. Governor Pindall and his family only lived in this home until 1915. Over the next few decades, the house continued to be a single family residence and passed through various families. During the 1970s, the house began to fall into disrepair. In 1998, the home was purchased by the McMillen family, who renovated and restored the property. Homeowners Marsha Stone and Lee Weber now display a wonderful variety of collections throughout the home, including a large collection of Victorian era advertisements and memorabilia, as well as and high-fashion dolls collected by Marsha and beautifully displayed in cases built by Lee .


Theo Sanders House, c. 1920

Theo Sanders House

The Theo Sanders House was likely designed and constructed by Theo Sanders himself in 1920. Sanders was a Little Rock native and renowned architect of the Ada Thompson Memorial Club, Women’s City Club, and the Cornish House (on the route of this year’s Tour at 1800 Arch). He was a partner in Thompson, Sanders and Ginocchio, that is now known as Cromwell Architects Engineers. The exterior of the Theo Sanders House is a combination of styles that he was well versed in designing: Colonial Revival, Craftsman, and Tudor Revival. On the inside of the home, touches like an original 1920s ceiling fan, and alternating door types, show the whimsy that Sanders employed when designing his personal residence. Sanders died in 1947, after spending six years in retirement working for community and charity organizations. His home then reverted to the ownership of his wife, who had been previously hospitalized permanently after suffering a stroke shortly after their marriage. The home either sat vacant or was rented for the next decade. After that period the home served as a halfway house for young boys for a period of time, and was later converted into a boarding house. An addition was added to the home during this period of multiple occupancy. In 2015, Kevin Keech and Tanya Rollins purchased the home and restored it to a single family dwelling. Kevin and Tanya employed Toni Johnson of Johnson Consulting to aid in making historically appropriate improvements to the home, while employing their own personal touches, finding that Sanders’ whimsical interior matches well with their own eclectic tastes.


Sam Scull House, c. 1913

Sam Scull House

The Sam Scull House was constructed in 1913 for Samuel Scull, a travel agent and salesman. The home is a classic Craftsman Style home, employing the use of a low-pitched, front facing gable above the porch, and exposed rafter tails. Samuel, his wife Clara, and his two children moved into the home in 1914. They lived in the home until 1926. The home changed hands several times over the next two decades, until salesman Albert B Boehler, and his wife Caroline purchased the home. Boehler’s family would remain in the home until the late 1970s. The house changed hands several times in the proceeding decade and was vacant for a period, until Delbra Stewart purchased the home in 1988. In 2000, Joe van den Heuvel and Ted Holder purchased the home from Delbra after a tornado struck downtown and destroyed the home in the adjoining lot. After purchase, they began a rehabilitation process that took several years to complete, including beautifully restored woodwork. if you ask Ted and Joe, they’ll say their home is always a work in progress. The home is enhanced throughout by the couple’s remarkable art collection, including many works by Arkansas artists.


Redding House, c. 1902

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 2007, when 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 fall of 2016, after being elected Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, Justice Dan Kemp and his wife, Susan Kemp, purchased the home. Working with Toni Johnson of Johnson Consulting, they have undertaken additional rehabilitation to enhance the home’s stately, yet very comfortable, living spaces. The Kemps moved into the Redding House at in late 2016.


53rd Spring Tour of Homes Sponsors


The Quapaw Quarter Association and 53rd Spring Tour of Homes Committee are grateful for new and returning tour sponsors. Your support of the 53rd Spring Tour of Homes and the QQA mission to Preserve Greater Little Rock's Historic Places is much appreciated!


Many Thanks to Our Corporate Partners!


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.