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Hood Company Building (Merchants and Planters Bank)

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1892, Thomas Harding. 100 S. Main St.
  • (Photograph by Dell Upton)

This bright red brick two-story commercial building with its three-story tower carrying a conical dome of silvery gray commands its busy intersection. At the base of the tower is a canted corner entrance of rusticated light gray granite and a single marble column. Red terracotta panels between the floors, white stone stringcourses and window surrounds, a few brick pilasters with stone capitals, windows of various shapes and sizes, and a couple of finials add to the building’s delightful variety. The Merchants and Planters Bank was formed in 1876, and after their first building burned, Harding of Little Rock was commissioned to design the new building. He produced this eye-catching design, giving the former bank considerable presence. Restored, the building now accommodates various businesses and has shops on the ground floor.

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, "Hood Company Building (Merchants and Planters Bank)", [Pine Bluff, 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, 260-260.

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