The 48th Annual Quapaw Quarter Association Spring Tour takes place this Saturday and Sunday.
P. Allen Smith’s Original Garden Home and the historic YMCA building headline a series of events to be held in conjunction with the Quapaw Quarter Association’s 2012 Spring Tour of Homes this Mother’s Day weekend, May 12-13.
This year’s featured properties fall within an area designated recently as one of the nation’s best places to purchase a historic home by This Old House Magazine. The tour offers participants the opportunity to step inside the restored and renovated homes, stroll through one of the Quapaw Quarter’s charming neighborhoods and meet the locals.
“Judging by the marked increase in real estate activity that we’ve seen in the area this year alone, it’s clear that public perception of the Quapaw Quarter is growing increasingly positive,” said Rhea Roberts, executive director of the Quapaw Quarter Association. “The homes here are architecturally beautiful, the neighborhoods offer quick access to the entire city, and the residents have built tight-knit communities. That’s a rare mix.”
In addition to the garden of P. Allen Smith, who The New York Times tabbed as “The Martha Stewart of the South,” the tour features a handful of privately owned homes along Arch and Gaines Streets, all within walking distance of each other. Among them are the Charles Thompson-designed Croxson House and the recently rehabilitated Boyle House.
Tickets are available for the Mother’s Day weekend festivities, which include the exclusive candlelight tour, then dinner and gala at the Spanish Revival YMCA building on Saturday, as well as the Sunday afternoon tour from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the historic preservation programs of the QQA. For tickets and more information, email email@example.com or call 501-371-0075.
Ticket booths for the Sunday afternoon tour will be located at the intersection of Wright Avenue and Gaines Street, and at the intersection of 21st Street and Arch Street.
2012 Spring Tour Patrons – Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation
2012 Spring Tour Sponsors – Arkansas Democrat-Gazette * Centennial Bank * Community Bakery * Scott Heffington, Crye-Leike Real Estate * Empress of Little Rock * Ritzen Group, Inc. * Ruebel Funeral Home * Summit Bank * The Villa Marre * Wittenberg, Delony & Davidson Architects
2012 Spring Tour Donors – Arkansas Destinations, Inc. * Ausum Realty * Brad Barnett Insurance Agency * Bray Sheet Metal * Bonnie Montgomery * Boulevard Bread Company * Capital Bar and Grill * Ciao Italian Restaurant * CM Construction, Inc. * Community Bakery * Fresh Market * Grapevine Wines and Spirits * Hortus, Ltd. * Lulav Eatery * Mickey Rigby * Mountain Valley Spring Water * R&E Supply * SBiP’s Restaurant * Stacy Hamilton, Pulaski Heights Realty * The Empty Vase * Tony Curtis Realtors * Tropical Smoothie Café * Waynette Traub