LITTLE ROCK–The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s first “Sandwiching in History” tour of 2013 will visit the B.P.O.E. Elks Club at 401 South Scott Street in Little Rock at noon on Friday, January 4, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today.
Designed about 1908 by Little Rock architect Theodore Sanders, the B. P. O. E. Elks Club is a good example of the Renaissance Revival style with its projecting cornice with brackets, cast-stone parapet, and decorative central bay with cast-stone detailing and second story loggia. Constructed to serve as a clubhouse for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 29, the building later housed the Woman’s City Club and is currently home to the Junior League of Little Rock. The building’s most outstanding interior space is the second floor ballroom, which features ornate plaster molding and a Tiffany crystal chandelier.
The “Sandwiching in History” tour series targets Pulaski County structures and sites. The noontime series includes a brief lecture and tour of the subject property. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches with them.
Other “Sandwiching in History” tours will be held February 1, Capital Hotel, 111 West Markham Street, Little Rock; March 1, St. John’s Seminary, 2500 North Tyler Street, Little Rock; April 5, Charles Youngblood House, 320 West 18th Street, North Little Rock ; May 3, Farmer-Brooks House, 623 Orange Street, North Little Rock; June 7, Little Rock YMCA, 524 South Broadway, Little Rock; July 12, Villa Marre, 1321 Scott Street, Little Rock; August 2, Emmett W. Jenkins House, 923 West 24th Street, Little Rock; September 6, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 2200 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Little Rock; October 4, Lakewood Park, 4500 Lakeshore Drive, North Little Rock; November 1, Edward H. Colgan House, 2318 South Summit Street, Little Rock, and December 6, Faucette-Cook Building, 421-423-425 Main Street, North Little Rock.
All tours are free and open to the public. For information, call the AHPP at (501) 324-9880, write the agency at 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201, send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.arkansaspreservation.org.
The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.