Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas in the Quarter 2014 Tour of Homes

Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas had their "Christmas in the Quarter Tour of Homes" last Sunday. The event is a fundraiser for the church.

QQUMC began as Winfield Methodist Church in 1889.
The building was designed by Charles Thompson and Thomas Harding, Jr. and completed in 1926. The style is Neo-Gothic.
In 1946 it was the largest Methodist Church in Arkansas .
With the decline of the downtown area the membership has dropped significantly.
The church is very active in the downtown area providing several ministries for the more unfortunate of the community. Stone Soup provides hot healthy meals on Sunday afternoons. Community Breakfast cooks up eggs, biscuits, gravy and fruit every Sunday morning. The Food Pantry serves over 10,000 people each year. The Pantry also provides much needed items such as coats, blankets, etc. The church also has a Pet Food Ministry.
I failed to photograph the church on this visit.
The above photo is from a previous tour visit.
If you wish to make a donation to support the work of Quapaw Quarter UMC the office number is 501.375.1600. They can direct your donation to the program of your choice.
The House at 2101 Louisiana
The house was first listed in the city directory in 1895-96 as a rental property. The Princess Anne Cottage  style features steep gables, dormers, towers, balconies and verandahs.
The house is now a private residence and has been beautifully updated preserving much of the character.

The Empress Bed & Breakfast
Hornibrook Mansion, 2120 S. Louisiana was completed in 1888. The architects were Kasper Kusner & Max Orlopp. There are two main floors with 7200 square feet as well as a wine cellar, laundry, food storage and boiler room in the basement. The style exhibits Gothic and Queen Anne features.
The home served as a rooming house for women during  World War II. In 1947 it became a nursing home. It has since been a private residence, apartment building and halfway house. In 1993 it was transformed into a bed and breakfast.  

One of the Christmas trees at the Empress B&B

Staircase at the Empress.


The Foster-Robinson House
2122 South Broadway
The Craftman-style house was built in 1904 for businessman Harry Foster. The house has two stories and 16 rooms.
In 1930 the house was purchased by US Senator Joseph Taylor Robinson. Senator Robinson lived in the house from 1930-1937.

The Villa Marre
built 1881
Scott Street
If this house looks familiar, it was portrayed as Sugarbaker's Design firm in the television series Designing Women.
Villa Marre features Italianate and Second Empire styles.

Fireplace and wood floor detail at Villa Marre

Villa Marre staircase
Villa Marre is open to the public and is used for weddings and meetings.

While in LR I dropped by the State Capitol Building the pick up the latest Christmas ornament.


Doll collection at the Capitol Building.
There are three more display cases with more dolls from the collection.
Hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I did.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Fall Recap 2014

The last couple of months have been busy with family and several short trips around the state.

Harvesting Mother's corn crop

This old barn is on my way to Eureka Springs.
I finally took the time to stop and take a picture. 

A closer look with hay bale jack-o-lanterns.

I spent the day at the Arkansas State Fair.
Ate some fair food, visited exhibits and watched my husband help judge the Spam cooking contest.

Our son was in Little Rock for a football weekend.
It is always good to spend time with him.
They are always cooperative with my photo snapping (not).
Love the expressions.

I walked around the William E. Clark Presidential Park Wetlands.
The walking bridge and Clinton Presidential Center in the background.

Another interesting building I pass often.
Would love to hear the history.

I made a quick stop at the Peebles Pumpkin Farm near Augusta, Arkansas.
Purchased several pumpkins and gourds for my yard.
My husband planted late purple hull peas in his little garden.

My 95 year old mother-in-law came for a visit and shelled the peas for me.
She kept me busy playing cards and Mexican train.
I spent some time at her home in Eureka Springs before bringing her home with me.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wilson, Arkansas - Old Company Town

On a recent Saturday drive in the country we decided to visit the old agricultural company town of Wilson, Arkansas.  Here is an interesting link about Wilson with the new owner's plans for the community.

Wilson is located in the Arkansas Delta in Mississippi County on the Great River Road.
The city was started in 1886 by Robert E Lee Wilson.
In the beginning it was a logging/sawmill town.
After the logging was completed the fertile soils began producing cotton.

Cotton is still king around Wilson.

Tudor revival architectural style buildings.

The Wilson Café
The new owner of Wilson brought in a chef from Memphis.

Cortez Kennedy, former NFL defensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks grew up in Wilson.

Chicken and dressing with fried okra at the Wilson Café.

OMG - Donut Bread Pudding for dessert.

The Hampson Archeological Museum State Park

Traveling north on Highway 61 there are several lovely old homes.

If you are ever traveling on Highway 61 (or I-55) in Mississippi County, Arkansas, stop in and visit Wilson and maybe enjoy a bite at the Wilson Café.
You won't be disappointed.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash

Today was the grand opening of the Johnny Cash boyhood home, Dyess, Arkansas. My husband and I were in the area back in the spring and saw the outside of the house but it wasn't open for tours. Today was the grand opening so we were able to tour the inside.

The house is part of the Dyess Colony.
History of the Dyess Colony can be found on the internet for those interested.
We also visited the colony headquarters which is now a museum with lots of information about the colony as well as the most famous former resident, Johnny Cash.

A swing on the porch invitess you to sit a spell.

Dining room with old ice box.


Lots of old quilts on the beds. I love the old floor covering.

Arrangement on the piano

The Historic Dyess Colony/Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dale Chihuly - Clinton Presidential Center

Last week I went to the Chihuly exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. I discovered my love of all things Chihuly years ago on a trip to the Seattle/Tacoma area. Since then I have had the opportunity of seeing several exhibits across the country.

The exhibit begins at the entrance of the Clinton Presidential Center.
Chihuly installations are often found outdoors.

Different perspectives of this installation can be had by walking all the way around the square.

Another View

Chihuly pieces remind me of nature.
To me this is a fanciful garden.

The "seaform sets" take me under the sea.


This Chihuly (above) is part of the permanent collection at the Clinton Presidential Center. It was made for the White House holiday season in 1999.

The restaurant Forty Two is located in the Presidential Center.
I highly recommend the food, the service and the view.
There is also dining outside on the terrace with views of the Arkansas River.

The restaurant offers lunch specials.
I had the cilantro grilled mahi with homemade chips.