The Need for Establishing an Historic District in the City Of Little Rock
The City of Little Rock began a policy of redeveloping land through demolishing older structures in Downtown Little Rock, known as Urban Renewal, in 1962. A group of Little Rock citizens formed the Quapaw Quarter Committee, to educate the city and urge it to create the Quapaw Quarter Historic District to help protect older structures in downtown. The proposed district included an area from Cumberland Street east to Interstate 30, north of 15th Street and south of 6th Street. The Little Rock City Council passed an ordinance establishing the Historic District Commission in May, 1963, to create the Quapaw Quarter Historic District. Some property owners in the proposed district opposed its formation fearing that increased regulation would decrease the value of their property. This opposition resulted in the abandonment of creating the Quapaw Quarter Historic District in January, 1965.
The Quapaw Quarter Association was incorporated to promote the preservation of Little Rock’s historic structures in 1968. The proposed Quapaw Quarter Historic District was included in the MacArthur Park Historic District, listed to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. The MacArthur Park Historic District became a local historic district, governed by the Little Rock Historic Commission in 1981.
Three page, black and white document, printed on carbon paper. Authored by James Hatcher of the Quapaw Quarter Committee, the document explains why the city of Little Rock should protect historic structures through historic district regulations. This draft copy was for John Truemper (name in pencil, top right corner page 1) a member of the Little Rock Historic District Commission. This document includes quotes from the book Historic Preservation Law by Jacob H. Morrison, an advocate for the creation of historic districts in New Orleans to protect historic structures from demolition there.
Documents, three pages, 14" x 9"
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This document provides arguments for why the preservation of historic structures is culturally, aesthetically, and economically important when the city of Little Rock was razing older structures to construct new ones. I like the quote Mr. Hatcher used from Mr. Morrison in the last paragraph on the first page that describes the impact that historic preservation has on other parts of the community. This argument made in 1964, is still relevant in 2015.
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The Need for Establishing an Historic District in the City Of Little Rock, SMC.31.2, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas
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