The Quapaw Quarter Association (QQA) will host its 52nd Spring Tour on Mother's Day Weekend, May 7-8 in the Hillcrest Historic District.
The Spring Tour of Homes has been held since 1963 with the purpose of fostering appreciation of historic buildings and neighborhoods and the need for their preservation. The Tour was last year’s recipient of the Grand Old Classic Special Event Award at the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism’s Henry Awards. The 52nd Spring Tour will feature interior access to five historic homes, four of which have never before been on tour.
“The Spring Tour is our best tool to build pride in historic neighborhoods and encourage continued investment in our city’s architectural heritage” said QQA President Jarrod Johnson. “The Tour is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day and experience one of Little Rock’s unique neighborhoods.”
The 52nd Spring Tour will feature the homes at 516 Ridgeway, 478 Ridgeway, the Canby House at 420 Midland, the Ashcroft House at 444 Fairfax Avenue, and the Foster-Cochran House at 3724 Hill Road. Pulaski Heights Elementary School will also be open with student-led tours. The Candlelight Tour on Saturday evening will include the special additions of the house at 319 Midland, a champagne stop at the Storthz House at 450 Midland, and the chapel at Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church, followed by a party in the church’s fellowship hall.
In a new addition to the tour this year, the students in the Gifted and Talented Programs at Pulaski Heights Elementary and Middle Schools are doing research on the history of about 100 structures in Hillcrest, many of them the student's own home. Signs will be mounted in the yards or windows of these buildings that explain the history of the structure. The signs will be temporarily posted, creating a walking tour throughout the neighborhood during the weekend of the Spring Tour. In the process, the students will learn about the history of the community that they live in or utilize every day and how to use primary and historic resources when doing research. The QQA hopes that residents of Hillcrest and Spring Tour-goers will take advantage of the walking tour to learn more about and appreciate the history of this historic community.
2016 Spring Tour Events
Saturday, May 7
1:00-4:00 p.m. Afternoon Tour featuring five historic homes and Pulaski Heights Elementary and Middle Schools (afternoon tour tickets may be used on Saturday or Sunday) Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 on site.
5:00-9:00 p.m. Candlelight Tour and Party: Homes will be open from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with champagne stations and hors d'oeuvres, followed by dinner at Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church. Tickets start at $125 per person.
Sunday, May 8
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Sunday Brunch at Historic Curran Hall: Come any time to enjoy brunch and learn more about Historic Curran Hall and the Marjem Ward Jackson Historic Arkansas Gardens. Tickets include admission to the afternoon tour, $50 per person.
1:00-5:00 p.m. Afternoon Tour featuring five historic homes and Pulaski Heights Elementary and Middle Schools. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 on site.
Tickets are non-refundable. Tcket booths will be available on site, please check in or redeem your ticket for a wristband before visiting the houses.
Spring Tour Sites
Pfeifer-Strauss House, 420 Midland Street
Ashcroft House, 444 Fairfax Avenue
Foster-Cochran House, 3724 Hill Road
House at 516 Ridgeway Drive
House at 478 Ridgeway Drive
House at 319 Midland Street (Candlelight Tour only)
Storthz House at 450 Midland Street (Exterior, Candlelight Tour only)
Pulaski Heights Elementary and Middle Schools at 319 North Pine Street (Afternoon Tours only)
Chapel and Fellowship Hall at Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church 4401 Woodlawn Drive (Candlelight Tour only)
Historic Curran Hall and Marjem Ward Jackson Historic Arkansas Gardens at 615 East Capitol Avenue (Sunday Brunch only)
For social media, the QQA encourages attendees to use #QQASpringTour as the official event hashtag.
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The Quapaw Quarter Association and Spring Tour Committee would like to thank the Sponsors for the 52nd Spring Tour of Homes. Without our dedicated supporters we would not be able to continue our mission to PRESERVE GREATER LITTLE ROCK'S HISTORIC PLACES.
Lisenne Rockefeller & Family
Volkmer House Sponsor
"Friends of Hillcrest" Anonymous donors
Crook House sponsor
"Friends of Hillcrest" Anonymous donors
Mayo House sponsor
Hillcrest Merchants Association & Hillcrest Residents Association