Fredric Trapnall, a lawyer and merchant who served in the Arkansas legislature, and his wife, Martha, built one of the first brick houses in Little Rock. The building is a relatively simple one-story Greek Revival dwelling. After the Trapnalls died, their only surviving child, Mary R. Trapnall, lived in the house until her death in 1863. After being sold by members of the family, the building passed through numerous owners. In 1929, to save the building from impending demolition, Julia Taylor purchased the house, and in what is now hailed as one of Little Rock’s earliest preservation success stories, she donated it to the Junior League of Little Rock as a memorial to her late husband. The Junior League’s sponsorship of the 1963 restoration of the building served as an example for many restoration projects in the surrounding neighborhood. In 1976, the Junior League donated Trapnall Hall to the State of Arkansas, and today the building serves as a reception hall for the governor of Arkansas.
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