Historic preservation is more than saving old buildings; it is a means of revitalizing neighborhoods, containing urban sprawl and returning life to Main Street.
Historic urban areas are natural incubators for new, local businesses. Furthermore, preservation projects require more skilled labor than new construction, creating more local jobs and generating more local income.
In addition to offering technical assistance, the QQA advocates at the local, state and federal level for preservation incentives that encourage adaptive reuse of historic structures. Thanks in part to the QQA, in 2009 the Arkansas Legislature passed the State Historic Rehab Tax Credit which allows for a 25% state income tax credit on qualified rehabilitations.
The greenest building is the one that is already built. Rehabilitating the city’s urban core and existing housing stock reuses infrastructure and materials and reduces landfill waste from demolition.
Since the 1960s, the QQA’s efforts have encouraged the rehabilitation of hundreds of 19th and 20th century buildings in Greater Little Rock. The QQA also offers educational workshops and resources on home repair and energy efficiency.
Education and Community
Preserving Greater Little Rock’s historic places serves to educate coming generations about their heritage and helps to maintain a unique sense of place.
The QQA’s education programs, such as the Spring Tour of Homes, build pride and confidence in local historic neighborhoods and encourage continued investment. The QQA has also intervened to prevent the demolition of some of the community’s most significant structures: the Kramer School, Dickenson Hardware Company Building, West Side Junior High and Curran Hall.
Unique, authentic places attract outside investment and heritage tourists, who are more affluent, stay longer and spend more money than other tourists.
Not only does the QQA operate the Little Rock Visitor information Center in historic Curran Hall, one of only a few antebellum homes in the area, but it has helped to create several heritage tourism programs that benefit all of Greater Little Rock.
For over 40 years, the Quapaw Quarter Association has worked to preserve Little Rock’s architectural heritage. Your support will help the QQA provide for our community and continue this important work.