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Administration Building, University of Central Arkansas (Arkansas State Normal School)

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1919, John Parks Almand; 1937 addition, Donaghey, Wittenberg and Delony. 201 Donaghey Ave.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Mason Toms, photographer)

This coeducational college, founded in 1907, was the state’s first normal school. The State chose Conway for the school after the City outbid competing towns by offering land and more money. The college’s growth accelerated after World War I, which is when this all-purpose administrative and classroom building was constructed to a design by Little Rock architect Almand. The Classical Revival brick building, two stories in height on a raised basement, is perfectly symmetrical, with a full-height central portico featuring limestone pilasters and columns and some minimal terra-cotta detailing. In 1937, a PWA-funded auditorium was added to Almand’s design. In the second half of the twentieth century, the campus gained many new buildings, making this a rather dense campus.

Writing Credits

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, "Administration Building, University of Central Arkansas (Arkansas State Normal School)", [Conway, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 115-115.

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