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Belle Grove School Apartments (Belle Grove School)

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1886–1888, W. H. Byram for Nair, Hogg and Byram; 1984 converted, Leraris and Johnson. 600 N. 6th St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Ralph Wilcox, photographer)

This former elementary school, built by a Kansas City firm, is a three-story red brick building with Italianate porticos, tall windows, steep gables, chimneys, and a picturesque combination of hipped and mansard roofs. A tall square tower, which originally rose many feet above the building, accents the principal entrance. The tower’s original arcaded bell chamber was removed for structural reasons. For a number of years, the building was unoccupied. In 1985, the Belle Grove Foundation converted the building into apartments. The original plans were to remove most of the interior partitions and install thirty apartments, but that plan was abandoned when the interior construction was found to be extremely thick brick construction; instead, each classroom was converted to an individual apartment.

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, "Belle Grove School Apartments (Belle Grove School)", [Fort Smith, 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, 96-97.

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