|City/Town: • Little Rock|
|Location Class: • Residential|
|Built: • 1885 | Abandoned: • N/A|
|Status: • Under Renovation|
|Photojournalist: • Ginger Beck|
Built circa 1885, the Taber-Patterson house at 1624 Louisiana is classified as “eclectic” style: a mix of Eastlake and Craftsman. It has undergone multiple changes, from being divided into three large apartments, then converted back to one large home. Currently, the Quapaw Quarter Association is assisting the caretaker with preventing further deterioration by placing multiple tarps on the roof after a large hole has caused significant water damage. It will be for sale, as there is significant interest in rehabilitating this beautiful piece of Downtown Little Rock’s history, once legal issues are wrapped up following the last owner’s passing.
The Governor’s Mansion Historic District was viewed as the city’s most fashionable neighborhoods during the turn of the 20th century. From the 1880s to the 1920s, many of Little Rock’s most influential and wealth citizens built homes in this neighborhood. Local architects designed Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Craftsman-style homes that were booming in popularity. However, early residents weren’t all necessarily rich. Clerks, shopkeepers, tradesmen all built smaller homes throughout the area, which to this day has created an eclectic and diverse variety of homes. Many of these homes are neighbors to different styles of apartment buildings and smaller single-family homes, boosting the rebirth of the neighborhood. The presence of the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral has also stimulated the area’s revitalization.
The Taber-Patterson House is just one of many well-loved, yet endangered homes that offer massive potential to rebuild the history of this area. Visit www.quawpaw.com for information on various preservation efforts, including donations for the further preservation of this home here: https://www.quapaw.com/pages/donate/
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