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Mountain Valley Center (Desoto Mineral Springs Building)

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c. 1915; 1920s addition; 1988 restored, Taylor Kempkes Architects. 150 Central Ave.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage)

Originally two stories in height, this five-bay brick building is painted white and fronted by a row of sturdy two-story Ionic columns. An elaborate cornice has two rows of egg-and-dart molding surmounted by a row of high-relief acroteria with a cartouche at each corner. The third floor, added c. 1920, accommodated a dance hall. The mineral spring was located beneath the building and visible through a glass cover. This building is the only surviving one on Central Avenue constructed expressly to dispense mineral water. In 1936 the Desoto Springs Mineral Water Company merged with the Mountain Valley Water Company to market cold water.

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, "Mountain Valley Center (Desoto Mineral Springs Building)", [Hot Springs, 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, 165-166.

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