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Medical Arts Building

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1929–1931, Almand and Stuck. 236 Central Ave.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage)

When this 180-foot sixteen-story Art Deco building was erected, it ranked as the tallest structure in the state, a title it held until the Tower Building (PU19) opened in downtown Little Rock in 1960. The reinforced concrete structure’s setbacks at the twelfth, fifteenth, and penthouse floors emphasize its height, as do the prominent brick pilasters that rise uninterrupted between the windows to decorative stone cornices. The ground floor, of light-colored stone on a dark green polished granite base, has its central entrance framed by streamlined fluted pilasters and its name carved in stylized letters across the top; an ornate bronze grille is over the transom. The building was home to most of the town’s medical professionals, in part because St. Joseph’s Hospital was located a few blocks away near the intersection of Central, Park, and Whittington avenues. After both of Hot Springs’s hospitals relocated to the perimeter of the city, they were followed by the doctors. Today the building is largely vacant.

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, "Medical Arts 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, 165-165.

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