Our residents tell us that they love the ambience of our neighborhoods, most of which are on tree-lined streets with sidewalks. Even though these are all downtown, they are in areas that were created more than 100 years ago as the residential areas of old Little Rock.
It has been known as the Quawpaw Quarter since the early 20th century, named for the Quawpaw Indian Nation, of which Little Rock was one of its territorial boundaries as defined by the treaty of 1818. It comprises four districts, including two that are designated Historic Districts. The Quapaw Quarter has an impressive selection of Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, American Foursquare, and Craftsman houses, including those lovingly restored by Downtown Dwellings.
The Quarter has a thriving main street with public art, the Bernice Garden, a growing variety of local eateries and bakeries, a seasonal farmer’s market, community gardens, antique stores, unique shops, bike lanes, local music and arts venues.
Governor’s Mansion Historic District
These homes are near the Governor’s Mansion and are notable for the large number of well-preserved late 19th and early 20th-century
houses. They include homes by the noted Little Rock architect Charles L. Thompson. Until 1869 this area was a country estate and was developed into a residential neighborhood between 1880 and 1940.
This is a moniker for South on Main, rapidly becoming one of the most trendy areas of downtown. Here you’ll find happening restaurants, cafes, ice cream shops, antiques and quirky stores, the Bernice Art Park, even the unusual Purse Museum!
MacArthur Park Historic District
Closer to the heart of the city, this area is centered around the 39-acre MacArthur Park. The area is home to the Arkansas Arts Center, the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, a two acre unleashed dog park and bike polo courts.
River Market District
The closest of our neighborhoods to central Little Rock, this area is in walking distance of many central city businesses. It’s also close to the River Market, a market hall with an exciting mix of food vendors, and to the Arkansas River and the stunning pedestrian/bikeway bridge.