The Quapaw Quarter Association's 50th Spring Tour will be May 10-11 in the Governor's Mansion Historic District. It includes a Saturday evening candlelight tour and dinner, plus a Sunday afternoon tour of private homes and the Arkansas Governor's Mansion. Honorary co-chairs are First Lady Ginger Beebe and nationally-known lifestyle guru, Little Rock and Quapaw Quarter resident, P. Allen Smith.
The historic preservation group of prominent Little Rock citizens began in 1961, evolving into the Quapaw Quarter Committee in 1962. The board identified several structures in the downtown neighborhood in need of protection, and in 1963 held the first tour of homes to acquaint people with the area’s beautiful and historic architecture. In 1963, the committee also began recognizing important conservation projects with Quapaw Quarter Historic Plaques: Trapnall Hall, then just restored by the Junior League of Little Rock, received the first one. Incorporation of the Quapaw Quarter Association came in 1968. One of the area’s most recognizable homes is the Villa Marre, which was seen in the 1980s and 90s television show “Designing Women.”
The Quapaw Quarter area of downtown Little Rock now covers from the Arkansas River on the north, Fourche Creek on the south, the old Rock Island Railroad tracks on the east and the Central High School neighborhood to the west. Headquarters for the organization is the historic Curran Hall, which also serves as the official Little Rock visitors center.