Thompson Building

City/Town: Hot Springs
Location Class: CommercialHotel/Motel
Year Built: 1913
Year Abandoned: 1980's
Status: Restored National Register of Historic Places
Photojournalist: Michael SchwarzGrant King

The Thompson Building, one of Hot Spring’s most recognizable landmarks, was built in 1913 and originally housed medical offices. These were converted into a hotel in the 1940’s. The building features an ornate glazed terra cotta façade and was designed in the neo-classical style by architect George R. Mann, the principle architect of the Arkansas Capitol. Like many of the other structures in the district, the first floor is occupied but the upper floors are vacant; however the building has been purchased and is undergoing major renovations starting in the first months of 2015. The Thompson Building is extremely vulnerable to delapitation, mainly due to the vertical shaft that runs through the top four floors which pose a major fire hazard and deter any heavy occupation. Though not currently in disrepair, the building is in severe danger of breaking down and falling into disarray if it is not refurbished soon.

UPDATE: This building has been completely restored and renamed to the Waters Hotel. Click here to learn more

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Patricia Goff
Patricia Goff
4 years ago

I wish people would make a nonprofit and get donations to restore these old buildings. Companies and people with money would donate money cause they could write it off.

3 months ago

[…] downtown, with its columns, was the perfect match for this pen. (Tripadvisor) You can see some old photos here before it was restored and turned into The Waters hotel. It’s […]

10 months ago

Now it’s The Waters Hotel, and has been refurbished.

1 year ago

My aunt lived in the Thompson Building in the 70s. I I spent a summer with her there when I was a teen. It was a run down fire trap but it was a fun location because all the cars would circle around and around every night.

Austin Mattoon
5 years ago

This building is absolutely beautiful!!!!, amazing pictures!!!!!!

5 years ago

What a beautiful building!, this is an amazing group!

6 years ago

Glad the building will be saved. Does anyone know what they are going to renovate it into?

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