Sandwiching in History to Visit Woodruff House

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program - Friday, June 22, 2018

LITTLE ROCK–The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s next “Sandwiching in History” tour will visit William E. Woodruff House at 1017 East Eight Street in Little Rock at noon on Friday, July 6.

William E. Woodruff, founder and longtime editor of the Arkansas Gazette, and his wife, Jane Eliza Woodruff, had eleven children, eight of whom survived to adulthood. In the spring of 1852 Woodruff sought an area in the country where he could have a small farm and his children could play, so he bought about 25 acres east of downtown.He hired local builder John Robins to construct a large house of locally-made bricks. The family occupied the house from 1886-1891, when the home was sold out of the family. By 1930 the Woodruff House was the Colonial Club for Business Girls, and it remained a boarding house or apartments until 2005, when it sustained fire damage.It has been vacant since then. In 2014, the Quapaw Quarter Association purchased the property with aid from the State of Arkansas and the City of Little Rock. The QQA is seeking a buyer with the interest and capacity to rehabilitate the landmark. The Woodruff House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 21, 1989.

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. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches with them. The American Institute of Architects offers one HSW continuing education learning unit credit for members who attend a “Sandwiching in History” tour.

Other 2018 “Sandwiching in History” tours will be August 3, National Old Line Building, 501 Woodlane Street, Little Rock; September 7, Matthews-Storey House, 8115 Ascension Lane, Little Rock; October 5, Rock Island Argenta Depot, 1201 East Fourth Street, North Little Rock; November 2, Mary H. Matthews Lustron House, 5021 Maryland Avenue, Little Rock, and December 7, Curran Hall,615 East Capitol Avenue, 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, or send an e-mail message to [email protected], or visit

The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage division responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other divisions 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.

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