Preserve Arkansas Plans Pine Bluff Tour

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program - Thursday, August 09, 2018

Preserve Arkansas, the only statewide nonprofit advocate for the preservation of Arkansas’s historic places, will hold its next “Mid Mod Arkansas” tour in Pine Bluff at 4 p.m. on September 8. The tour series, which seeks to increase appreciation for Arkansas’s unique Mid-Century Modern architecture, will visit the Pierce and Smart houses.

Designed by Little Rock architect Noland Blass in 1952, the Richard and Elsie Pierce House at 29 Longmeadow featured banks of awning windows, decorative brickwork on the façade, and a rear patio with built-in barbeque grill. Whereas the Pierce and Smart houses shared some common design elements, the Smart House, designed in 1964 by Erhart, Eichenbaum, Rauch & Blass, was much larger. Located on a wooded lot near the Pine Bluff Country Club, the Richard and Lynne Smart House at 710 W. 46th Avenue was a 4,700 square foot home with decorative skylights, expansive living areas, and an abundance of over-sized sliding glass doors.


Tickets for the Mid Mod Arkansas tour in Pine Bluff are $30, available at, and include a guided tour of both properties, wine, and light snacks. The tour will begin at 4 p.m. at the Pierce House, 29 Longmeadow in Pine Bluff. Guests will then caravan to the Smart House at 710 W. 46th Avenue in Pine Bluff. The tour should conclude by 6:30 p.m.

Mid Mod Arkansas is an educational program benefiting Preserve Arkansas. Preserve Arkansas works to build stronger communities by reconnecting Arkansans to our heritage and empowering people to save and rehabilitate historic places. For more information, contact Rachel Patton at 501-372-4757, [email protected], or visit

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