Sandwiching In History
The “Sandwiching in History” tour series features a historic property in central Arkansas each month. All tours are held on Fridays at noon and last no more than one hour. The tours are organized by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. An AHPP historian delivers a brief lecture about the property before leading guests on a tour. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches with them. All tours are free and open to the public. View the videos of past Sandwiching in History tours at the Arkansas Preservation YouTube channel.
Sandwiching in History Schedule
- January 6: Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church
- February 3: Trapnall Hall
- March 3: Old Central Fire Station, North Little Rock
- April 7: Dibrell House
- May 5: Arkansas Ordnance Plant Guard House, Jacksonville Museum of Military History
- June 2: Carmelite Convent and Chapel
- July 7: Albert Pike Hotel
- August 4: Acme Brick
- September 1: Park Hill Fire Station and Water Company Complex, North Little Rock
- October 6: Gustave Kleinschmidt House
- November 3: Pulaski County Courthouse
- December 1: Little Rock City Hall
Old Central Fire Station/March 3, 2017
Please join us for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s second “Sandwiching in History” tour of 2017, which will visit the Old Central Fire Station at 506 Main Street in North Little Rock, beginning at noon on Friday, March 3.
The Old Central Fire Station is a two story brick building, with a three-bay front facade dominated by a large equipment bay on the ground floor, now enclosed by glass doors. The building, whose construction date is not known, was acquired by the city in 1904, shortly after its incorporation, and initially housed city offices, the jail, and the fire station. In 1914 the town offices were moved to North Little Rock City Hall, and in 1923 the building's original two equipment bays were replaced by one. The horse stalls were also removed, as the new equipment was powered by gasoline engines. The building served as the city's main fire station until 1961. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 22, 1977, and currently houses the North Little Rock History Commission.
Dibrell House/April 7, 2017
Please join us for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s fourth “Sandwiching in History” tour of 2017, which will visit the historic Dibrell House at 1400 Spring Street, Little Rock, beginning at noon on Friday, April 7.
The Dibrell House was built in 1892 as a real estate speculation by real estate agent, H.A. Bowman. The Queen Anne style house was bought by Dr. and Mrs. James A. Dibrell Jr. before the house was completed. The Dibrells were able to add their own touches such as parquet floors and walnut woodwork. Dr. Dibrell was a practicing physician and also professor and then dean of what became the University of Arkansas, Medical Department. He was interested innovations and the house became known as the "gadget" house for its modern devices such as doorbells, burglar alarms, and central heating.
By the 1960's the house had been divided into apartments and had undergone several major structural changes. Since then the house has been carefully restored including rebuilding the turret and returning the seven porches to their original appearance. The interior of the house was also fully restored. The house is again a single family home and remains as a cornerstone of Little Rock’s Quapaw Quarter Historic District.
Arkansas Ordnance Plant Guard House, Jacksonville Museum of Military History/May 5, 2017
Please join us for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s fifth “Sandwiching in History” tour of 2017, which will visit the Arkansas Ordnance Plant Guard House at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History at 100 Veterans Circle in Jacksonville beginning at noon on Friday, May 5.
On June 4, 1941, the War Department notified Governor Homer Adkins and Congressman David D. Terry that a $33,000,000 fuse and detonator plant was approved for immediate construction near Jacksonville. The plant was the first national defense industry approved for the state, and at the peak of production on November 22, 1942, 14,092 workers were employed at the plant. In 2002, the Little Rock Air Force Base Historical Foundation, Inc. purchased a building located on the site of the former AOP administration building. That building was converted in 2004 to the Jacksonville Museum of Military History, which includes information and artifacts on military history from the civil war to current military conflicts. One area is dedicated to the history of the AOP, which includes the guard shack. It was added to the National Register on September 20, 2006.
Carmelite Convent and Chapel/June 2, 2017
Please join us for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s sixth “Sandwiching in History” tour of 2017, which will visit Carmelite Convent and Chapel at 7201 W. 33rd Street in Little Rock beginning at noon on Friday, June 2.
The Carmelite Monastery of St. Teresa of Jesus is the home of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Little Rock (Pulaski County), a cloistered community of women in the Roman Catholic Church. The monastery is autonomous (independent) but belongs to a worldwide order composed of both men and women. The principal mission of the Carmelites is service of the Church through a life of union with God in prayer. Ground was broken in October 1960 for the current facility at 7201 W. 33rd Street, and the sisters moved there the following year. Since that time, the sisters have been given eighteen more acres of land. A small infirmary wing was built in the fall of 1999.
Albert Pike Hotel/July 7, 2017
Please join us for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s seventh “Sandwiching in History” tour of 2017, which will visit Albert Pike Hotel at 701 S. Scott Street in Little Rock beginning at noon on Friday, July 7.
The hotel was built in 1929 by the Farrell Hotel Company at an approximate cost of $1,000,000. It was designed by architect Eugene John Stern in the Italian-Spanish Revival style. The hotel is named after one of Arkansas' leading historical figures, Albert Pike, a teacher, attorney, newspaperman, Confederate Brigadier General, and later a judge of the Arkansas Supreme Court. The building was a hotel from its construction in 1928 (opening in 1929) until December 1971, when the Second Baptist Church assumed ownership and began its Albert Pike Residence Hotel ministry. In late 1985, the hotel was purchased by a privately held corporation in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Since that time continuous upgrades, such as the addition of kitchen facilities, were made in efficiency, one, and two bedroom apartments. The apartments were created where two hotel rooms had connecting doors. The North Lounge was restored in 1994 and was made a smoke-free environment. It provides a common activities room, television lounge, post office boxes, and library. Regular events are held to inform residents of health and community services available in the area, as well as weekly bingo, monthly birthday parties, and special occasion and holiday parties. It was added to the National Register on November 21, 1978.
Acme Brick/August 4, 2017
Please join us for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s eighth “Sandwiching in History” tour of 2017, which will visit the Acme Brick Building at 301 South Victory Street in Little Rock beginning at noon on Friday, August 4.
The Acme Building was designed by the firm of Eherhart, Eichenbaum, & Rauch and was constructed in 1958. That is the firm that is responsible for buildings such as Beaux-Arts Parnell Hall at Arkansas School for the Deaf (1931), the Art Moderne-styled Arkansas State Tuberculosis Sanitarium in Booneville (1938), and the original International Style St. Vincent's Hospital (1958) at the corner of University and Markham in Little Rock. The Acme Building was designed to serve as the showroom for the various products that Acme Brick had to offer. Acme stayed in the building until 1996 when they sold it to the state for offices. Various different agencies have been housed in the building since then, most recently the Arkansas Asphalt Pavement Association. However, there will never be a more appropriate occupant than Acme Brick.
Park Hill Fire Station and Water Company Complex/September 1, 2017
Please join us for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s ninth “Sandwiching in History” tour of 2017, which will visit the Park Hill Fire Station and Water Company Complex at 3417-3421 Magnolia Street in North Little Rock beginning at noon on Friday, September 1.
The Park Hill Fire Station and Water Company Complex is a collection of historic public facilities at 3417-3421 Magnolia Street in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The complex consists of a fire station, a water company office, two concrete reservoirs, and two stone pump houses, all built in 1938 with funding support from the Works Progress Administration. The fire station and water company office are distinguished architecturally by their fieldstone exteriors and Mediterranean style, including red tiled roofs. They were designed by the Little Rock firm of Brueggeman, Swaim and Allen. The design of both buildings was strongly influenced by the Mediterranean style as seen by the red tile roofs, arched windows and decorative cast concrete detailing. Constructed at the same time were two 100 foot by 44 foot concrete water reservoirs and two fieldstone
pump houses. Located in the western region of Park Hill, this complex occupies ten lots in the middle of Block 33 of the Park Hill Addition. Now owned by the City of North Little Rock, this historic complex remains an important landmark in the Park Hill neighborhood. It was added to the National Register on November 19, 1993.
Gustave Kleinschmidt House/October 6, 2017
Please join us for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s tenth “Sandwiching in History” tour of 2017, which will visit the Gustave Kleinschmidt House at 621 East 16th Street in Little Rock beginning at noon on Friday, October 6.
The Kleinschmidt House is a 1-1/2 story wood frame structure, with a cross-gabled hip roof, original weatherboard siding, and stuccoed brick foundation. The front is asymmetrical, with a projecting gable section on the right, and an open wraparound porch on the right, supported by round columns. Built about 1907, it is an early local example of Colonial Revival architecture. Gustave Kleinschmidt, for whom it was built, was a German immigrant and a prominent local real estate agent. Kleinschmidt was the catalyst for the development of this working class neighborhood and made a significant impact on the economy and society of Little Rock in the early 20th Century.
Pulaski County Courthouse/November 3, 2017
Please join us for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s eleventh “Sandwiching in History” tour of 2017, where we will visit the Pulaski County Courthouse at 401 West Markham Street in Little Rock beginning at noon on Friday, November 3.
The Pulaski County Courthouse, located at 405 Markham Street, is in the heart of downtown Little Rock (Pulaski County). Two distinct buildings make up the Pulaski County Courthouse: a Romanesque Revival completed in 1889 and a Beaux Arts structure completed in 1914. The styles are divergent from each other and symbolize different eras in Little Rock’s history. The 1889 building was the first permanent courthouse in the county and was meant to demonstrate Arkansas’s growing prominence. Little Rock and Pulaski County were growing, and the new courthouse represented that progress. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program recognizes that part of the courthouse as architecturally and historically significant, confirming the statement made in an 1887 edition of the Arkansas Gazette that the courthouse was “designed to be the most imposing structure of the kind” in Arkansas. In the 1914 courthouse, twelve statues representing different segments of Arkansas life such as agriculture, machinery, justice, and art stand in the large central hall. The statues, along with cartouches along the balustrade near the roofline, were designed by an Italian sculptor named Giusto Liva and his sons, Paul and John. The statues are supported by pedestals and marble columns that rise up to a two-story rotunda. A bust of Count Casimir Pulaski sits in the middle of the rotunda underneath an impressive stained-glass dome. It was added to the National Register on October 18, 1979.
Little Rock City Hall/December 1, 2017
Please join us for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s final “Sandwiching in History” tour of 2017, where we will visit Little Rock City Hall at 500 West Markham Street in Little Rock beginning at noon on Friday, December 1.
Little Rock City Hall was designed by noted architect Charles L. Thompson and has been the seat of government for the capital city since 1908. Work on the new city hall started on November 4, 1906, and a grand-opening celebration for the three-story building featuring decorative stone was held on April 15, 1908. Children ran up and down the marble staircase, which was one of the few original adornments of the neoclassical design. From 1929 to 1942, the third floor of the building was home to the Museum of Natural Science and Antiquities, precursor to the Museum of Discovery. In the 1960s, the exterior was significantly changed when many of the outside walls were cemented in order for a new air-conditioner unit to be installed, along with other modernizations. A connecting fire station is located just to the west of the main structure. It was added to the National Register on November 18, 1979.