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Trapnall Hall

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1843; 1963 restoration, Ginocchio, Cromwell, Carter and Neyland. 423 E. Capitol Ave.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Ralph Wilcox, photographer)

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.

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, "Trapnall Hall", [Little Rock, 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, 129-130.

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