Central Avenue Historic District (Hot Springs, Arkansas)
Hot Springs Central Avenue Historic District
Looking south down Central Avenue
|Location||Central Avenue between Prospect and Park Streets, Hot Springs, Arkansas|
|Area||22 acres (8.9 ha)|
|Architectural style||International, Greek Revival, Late Victorian|
|NRHP reference #||
|Added to NRHP||June 25, 1985|
|Boundary increase||September 19, 2007|
The Central Avenue Historic District is the historic economic center of Hot Springs, Arkansas, located directly across Central Avenue from Bathhouse Row. Built primarily between 1886-1930, the hotels, shops, restaurants and offices on Central Avenue have greatly benefited from the city's tourism related to the thermal waters thought to contain healing properties. Built in a variety of architectural styles, the majority of the buildings constituting the district are two- or three-story structures. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, at which time forty contributing structures were identified; 101 Park Avenue was added in 2007.
Medical Arts Building
DeSoto Mineral Springs Building
The DeSoto Mineral Springs Building, located at 150 Central was built in 1915 in the neoclassical style. The white, five bay brick building has significant ornament on the facade toward Central Avenue. Built as a depot for its namesake company, the bottling plant was located just behind the building. Originally two stories, the structure was expanded to add a third story to accommodate a grand dance floor in 1920. August Schlafley bought DeSoto and Mountain Valley Spring Water in 1924 and combined the operations. In 1936 under the Mountain Valley Spring Water name, Schlafley relocated the company headquarters to the DeSoto Building, where it has remained ever since (except between 1966-1987, when new ownership relocated the headquarters to Paramus, New Jersey).
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "NRHP nomination for Hot Springs Central Avenue Historic District" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2015-10-07.
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