About the Spring Tour

 

About the Spring Tour of Homes

The Spring Tour is the QQA’s oldest function. Since 1963, the tour has been staged for the purpose of fostering appreciation of historic buildings and neighborhoods and the need for their preservation. Although the basic purpose of the tour has remained much the same since 1963, the manner in which the tour is conducted has changed dramatically. From a casual afternoon open house, the tour has grown into a weekend-long extravaganza which includes both evening and afternoon tours and a variety of activities. The Spring Tour has proven to be one of the QQA’s most effective methods of changing negative perceptions about the Quapaw Quarter and for recruiting new residents to the area. Members of each year’s Spring Tour Core Committee work to ensure that the tour is used to the best possible advantage for improving the image of the Quapaw Quarter and historic preservation in Little Rock.

The Spring Tour….
• Has been held almost annually since 1963
• Builds pride and confidence in local historic neighborhoods
• Encourages continued investment • Educates residents and the public about the varied stories of Little Rock’s neighborhoods
• Produces printed educational materials
• Recruits new residents
• Brings over 1,000 people, including elected officials, to the area to see its value
• Attracts extensive media attention
• Is usually associated with MacArthur Park and the Governor’s Mansion Historic District, but has also been held in Capitol View, Hillcrest and the Centennial Addition


54th Spring Tour of Homes

The Quapaw Quarter Association (QQA) will host its 54th Spring Tour on Mother's Day weekend, May 12-13.  This year, the Tour will explore the Central High School Neighborhood Historic District, featuring six homes on Schiller, Summit, and Battery Streets.  Tour hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Sunday.  Tickets will go on sale February 1, 2018 and may be purchased in advance for $20, or on site the day of for $30.  Children 10 and under are free. 

Preview Party, March 9, 2018. 5:30-7:30 p.m.   

In advance of the tour, a special Preview Party will be held on Friday, March 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the MOXY Warehouse, 1504 Jones Street, behind Central High School’s Quigley Stadium.  Tickets for this event are $35 per person. To purchase tickets, click here. 

Candlelight Dinner, May 12, 2018. 5:00-10:00 p.m. 

The tour will feature a candlelight tour and dinner on Saturday evening, May 12 (business or cocktail attire), with tickets $150 per person.  The event includes a tour of the homes from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with dinner to follow at historic Philander Smith College. Diners will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction of several works and one commissioned piece by artist John Kushmaul, whose striking and popular paintings have chronicled Little Rock’s urban skylines and neighborhoods across a number of years.

Mother's Day Brunch at Curran Hall, May 13, 2018. 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Other activities include a Mother’s Day brunch at Curran Hall between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday May 13 ($50 per person; includes tickets to the Sunday afternoon tour).

Featured Homes

The 54th Spring Tour will feature the James H. Penick House at 1623 S. Summit (1926); the Martin A. Sharp House at 1422 S. Summit (c. 1890); the Frederick A. Garrett House at 1400 S. Schiller (1910); the Maxwell F. Mayer House at 2016 S. Battery (1922-1925); the Edward H. Colgan House at 2318 S. Summit (1913); and Dr. Albert G. McGill House at 2209 S. Battery (1922-1923). 

Other Information  

“We are very grateful to the homeowners for allowing these wonderfully restored homes to be the focus of this year’s Tour,” said Patricia Blick, QQA’s Executive Director. “This is a particularly important year for the QQA, because it is the 50th Anniversary of our incorporation.  We want to highlight the amazing preservation and revitalization work that is going on in the areas surrounding Central High School.  We are happy to be able to showcase the Central High School Neighborhood Historic District at the end of the academic year marking the 60th anniversary of desegregation at Central.”

Food trucks and other activities along the tour route will be available.  Complimentary trolleys will run along the route.

Purchase Tickets

To purchase tickets, click here. (Tickets available Feb. 1, 2018).