Welcome to the 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.
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.
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), 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.
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.
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
If you are interested in volunteering at the 53rd Spring Tour of Homes we are in need of the following:
Mother's Day Brunch set up & break down
Mother's Day Brunch servers
Street set up & break down
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If you have any questions regarding the volunteer shifts, sponsorship or in-kind donations, or just general Spring Tour inquiries please do not hesitate to contact the QQA offices at 501.371.0075. Patricia M. Blick, Executive Director - extension 4; Amanda Parker, Membership & Activities Coordinator - extension 3 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
2016 Spring Tour Sponsors
Lisenne Rockefeller and Family
Friends of Hillcrest