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Capital Hotel (Denckla Block)

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1872; c. 1890 addition; 1983 renovation and addition. 111 W. Markham St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Ralph Wilcox, photographer)

Although it has operated as a hotel almost continuously since 1877, for its first five years the building housed stores and offices. It was named after William P. Denckla, one of the builders of the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railroad and owner of several buildings on the block. The most striking feature of the building is its Italianate cast-iron facade, manufactured in New York and shipped in pieces to Little Rock. Initially, the building was three stories tall but due to the hotel’s tremendous popularity, a fourth story, also clad in cast iron, was added around 1890. Through the early twentieth century the Capital Hotel was the best hotel in the city and hosted President Ulysses Grant on his 1880 visit to Little Rock, but its popularity faded, and it closed in the late 1970s. A renovation in 1983 included a new addition on the south side to increase the hotel’s capacity. The Capital Hotel has returned to its place as one of the city’s top hotels. Former presidents Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush, among other notables, have been guests.

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, "Capital Hotel (Denckla Block)", [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, 123-123.

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