Central Avenue Historic District (Hot Springs, Arkansas)

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Hot Springs Central Avenue Historic District
Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 004.jpg
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 # 85001370[1] (original)
07000957[1] (increase)
Significant dates
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.[2] 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.

Arlington Hotel[edit]

Medical Arts Building[edit]

DeSoto Mineral Springs Building[edit]

Mountain Valley Water headquarters.jpg

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).

Citizens Building[edit]

See also[edit]