LITTLE ROCK–The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s next “Sandwiching in History” tour will visit the Dibrell House at 1500 Spring Street in Little Rock 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 later dean of what became the University of Arkansas Medical Department. He was interested in innovations and the house became known as the "gadget" house for its modern devices such as doorbells, burglar alarms and central heating. By the 1960s 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.
The “Sandwiching in History” tour series targets Pulaski County structures and sites. The noontime series includes a brief lecture and tour of the subject property. The American Institute of Architects offers one HSW continuing education learning unit credit for members who attend a “Sandwiching in History” tour.
Other 2017 “Sandwiching in History” tours will be held May 5, Arkansas Ordnance Plant Guard House (Jacksonville Museum of Military History), 100 Veterans Circle, Jacksonville; June 2, Carmelite Convent and Chapel, 7201 W. 33rd Street, Little Rock; July 7, Albert Pike Hotel, 701 Scott Street, Little Rock; August 4, Acme Brick, 301 South Victory Street, Little Rock; September 1, Park Hill Fire Station and Water Company Complex, 3417-3421 Magnolia Street, North Little Rock; October 6, Gustave Kleinschmidt House, 621 East 16th Street, Little Rock; November 3, Pulaski County Courthouse, 401 West Markham Street, Little Rock, and December 1, Little Rock City Hall, 500 West Markham Street, Little Rock.
All tours are free and open to the public. For information, call the AHPP at (501) 324-9880, write the agency at 1100 North Street, Little Rock, AR 72201, send an e-mail message to [email protected], or visit www.arkansaspreservation.org.
The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives.