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McKissic and Associates (Arkansas Louisiana Gas Company)

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1950, Selligman and Reed. 116 W. 6th Ave.

This rectangular one-story building shows a creative and striking use of glossy midcentury modern materials. At street level, the windows are of dark-tinted plate glass, with the entrance inset between angled walls of glass block. The upper facade and central parapet of burgundy-colored Carrara glass panels are secured with narrow horizontal stringcourses that repeat the finish and line of the aluminum fascia and awning. Blue acrylic flame-shaped finials on the parapet add a detail that not only completes the Art Moderne design but echoes the building’s original business. When built, the interior featured a large showroom at the front to display the company’s products; it has since been altered, and the historic sign on the parapet wall for Arkansas Louisiana Gas Company was removed when the current occupant—a law firm—took up residence.

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, "McKissic and Associates (Arkansas Louisiana Gas Company)", [Pine Bluff, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/AR-01-JE6.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 262-262.

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