Push to Keep History Alive in LR at Home Built in 1853


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A local home listed on the National Register of Historic Places is in need of a buyer.

The William Woodruff House is located at 1017 E. 8th St., just a few blocks east of Interstate 30 {Click here for map].

A group of supporters says now is the time to invest in the piece of Little Rock history.

“It was basically a crisis situation,” says Patricia Blick, Executive Director of the Quapaw Quarter Association (QQA).

“It’s saving part of history,” adds Bryan Hosto, Real Estate Investor with Haybar Properties and Attorney.

It may be tough to tell from the outside but a quick step inside the boarded up structure unlocks more than what meets the eye.

“We have not tried to remove any of the fabric to strip it back to the walls to see what is still here,” Blick explains. 

The nonprofit QQA works to preserve Little Rock’s historic places.

“It’s one of the few antebellum homes in Little Rock…but its association with William Woodruff…he was at that time a national figure,” she says.

Woodruff built the home in 1853 after he founded the Arkansas Gazette newspaper. One hundred and 65 years later, it still sits in the heart of what’s known as East Village.

“Amazingly historic piece of architecture in a place that is having development happening all around it,” Hosto says.

For him, the Woodruff House is just one piece of what he sees as a larger economic opportunity.

“If folks aren’t aware of East Village, they’re missing out,” he says. “The property values go up, it adds to the tax base and helps with economic development.”

“Rebel Kettle is down the street, Lost 40 is down the street..old paint factory has been beautifully rehabbed,” continues Blick.

Seeing beyond the peeling paint and creaking floors may take a bit of imagination.

“There is estate tax credit, federal tax credit,” Blick explains. 

“Recently they’ve created opportunity zones which provide amazing opportunity for investment of capital gains,” says Hosto. 

But it may just be the key to restoring what Blick and Hosto see as an iconic symbol of a place that could keep making history.

“Find the right owner with the right plan,” Blick says.

“The crown jewel of East Village,” adds Hosto. 

Click here to learn more about the Woodruff House on the QQA website.

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