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Basin Park Hotel

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1904–1905. 12 Spring St.

Built by real estate developer W. M. Duncan, this seven-story hotel replaced a four-story wooden hotel that had burned down, and the use of locally quarried limestone for the walls was intended to avoid its predecessor’s fate. The exterior has a modest Richardsonian Romanesque air due to the rusticated limestone and a ground-floor round-arched arcade supported by limestone piers. The building curves to follow the bend in the street, and its rounded corners, suggestive of turrets, give it a castle-like mountainous aspect. But the rear facade positioned against a steep mountain is perhaps more interesting in the way that it adapts to its site. Each of the rear facade’s seven floors possesses an exit to a “ground level” via a short footbridge to the mountain’s side; thus this is a building where every floor serves as a ground floor. The hotel’s top floor, with windows on three sides, accommodates a ballroom and is an observation point for the mountainous scenery beyond. The Basin Park Hotel takes its name from the adjacent park (CR5) to its south.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors
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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Basin Park Hotel", [Eureka Springs, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/AR-01-CR6.

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Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 69-69.

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