2015 Spring Tour

53rd Spring Tour of Homes

 

Quapaw Quarter Association Announces 53rd Spring Tour in the Governor’s Mansion Historic District.

Little Rock, Ark. - The Quapaw Quarter Association (QQA) will host its 53rd Spring Tour on Mother's Day weekend, May 13-14.  This year, the Tour returns to the Governor’s Mansion Historic District, featuring six homes on Arch, Gaines and State Streets.  Tour hours are 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Sunday.  Tickets may be purchased in advance for $20, or on site the day of for $30.  Children 10 and under are free.

The QQA’s Spring Tour of Homes began in 1963 and in 2014 was the recipient of the Grand Old Classic Special Event Award at the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism’s Henry Awards.

“The Spring Tour fits perfectly into our mission — preserving greater Little Rock’s historic places,” said QQA Board President and Spring Tour Chair Chuck Cliett.  “This year, participants will see six lovingly restored homes and experience the energy and renewed investment in one of Little Rock’s great old neighborhoods. We invite all to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with us.”

The tour will feature a candlelight tour and dinner on Saturday evening, May 13 (business or cocktail attire), with tickets $125 per person.  The event includes a tour of the homes from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with dinner at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion following. Diners will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction of several works and one commissioned piece by painter John Kushmaul. The artist is one of the best contemporary chroniclers of Little Rock’s urban cityscapes and neighborhoods. 

Other activities include a Mother’s Day brunch at Curran Hall between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ($50 per person; includes tickets to the Sunday afternoon tour). Neighborhood businesses will have special offers or discounts on the weekend of the tour.

The 53rd Spring Tour will feature the Hemingway House at 1720 Arch St. (c. 1894-95); the Martin-Tunnah-Fulk House at 1910 Arch St.  (c. 1890, with alterations c. 1925); the Xenophon Overton Pindall House at 2000 Arch St. (c. 1910); the Redding House at 1716 S. Gaines St. (c. 1902); the Theo Sanders House at 1907 S. Gaines St. (c. 1920); and the Sam Scull House at 2300 S. State St. (c. 1914).

Continuing an education program begun at last year’s spring tour, students in the gifted and talented program at Pulaski Heights Elementary School are researching the history of several non-tour homes along the tour route. New this year, senior preservation students at the University of Central Arkansas are chronicling oral histories in connection with these non-tour homes. Signs that explain the history of the homes, as researched by these students, will be posted in front of the homes.

“Education is always a key component of successful preservation work,” said Patricia Blick, the QQA’s Executive Director. “The QQA is thrilled to be partnering with both UCA and Pulaski Heights Elementary School, whose students in turn help educate tour-goers as they walk between our featured homes.”

Food trucks and other activities along the tour route will be available, as well as complimentary trolleys.

Find more information and tickets at www.quapaw.com or at the Little Rock Visitor Information Center at Historic Curran Hall at 615 E. Capitol Avenue. You may also call 501-371-0075, extension 4. Proceeds benefit the QQA’s historic preservation work.

For social media, the QQA encourages attendees to use #QQASpringTour as the official event hashtag.

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Sign Up Now to Volunteer at the 53rd Spring Tour of Homes!

If you would like to volunteer at the 53rd Spring Tour of Homes we have several spots available. We will the following:

Docents (tour guides within the houses)

Mother's Day Brunch set up & break down

Mother's Day Brunch servers

Street set up & break down

Volunteers will receive a free afternoon tour ticket to be used on either Saturday or Sunday. There will be an information session prior to Tour where docents will receive their respective scripts and have an opportunity to ask any questions. 

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Thank you to our 52nd Spring Tour of Homes Sponsors!

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

Tour Sponsor

Tour Sponsor


House Sponsor
Thompson Corporate Partner

The Val Hansen Team
House Sponsor

Mike Metzler

Volkmer House Sponsor

"Friends of Hillcrest" Anonymous donors

Crook House sponsor

"Friends of Hillcrest" Anonymous donors

Mayo House sponsor


Trolley Sponsor

Hillcrest Merchants Association & Hillcrest Residents Association

Co-Trolley Sponsors