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MacArthur Park Historic District

The MacArthur Park Historic District is the only local historic district within the City of Little Rock, which means it is the only place where an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness is required prior to making any change to the exterior of any structure.  To assist you with making an application, the Little Rock Historic District Commission has developed the MacArthur Park Historic District - Guidelines for Rehabilitation and New Construction.  This document follows:

MacArthur Park Historic District
Guidelines for Rehabilitation and New Construction
Revised 2013

Sections I and II: Introduction (Table of Contents) and Historic Preservation in Little Rock
Section III: Architectural Styles
Section III: continued (Architectural Styles)
Section IV: Design Guidelines for Rehabilitation
Sections V - VIII: Design Guidelines for Additions and Alterations; Site Design; Relocation and Demolition; Commercial Structures
Section IX: Appendix
Section IX: continued (Appendix)
The MacArthur Park Local Ordinance Historic District boundary is illustrated on the following Map.

Tax Credits for Historic Rehabilitation

Tax credits are available for rehabilitation of certain historic structures.  The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program has information on Rehabilitation Tax Credits here.  See brochure on the Federal Income Tax Credits here.  See brochure on the State Income Tax Credits here.  For a copy of the act, see State Income Tax Credit for the Rehabilitation of Historic Structures.   Check map to see if you may be eligible.

Little Rock Citywide Historic Preservation Plan 2009 

The Little Rock Citywide Historic Preservation Plan is divided into multiple parts for easier downloads. They are as follows:
Part One - Acknowledgements, I. Executive Summary, II. Introduction, III. What Historic Preservation Means to Little Rock: An Essential Component of Community Economic Development, IV. How Historic Preservation Works in Little Rock, and V. Previous Historic Preservation and Planning Efforts
Part Two - VI. Historic Preservation Trends Today—What Works/Challenges and VII. Goal—Increase Identification and Recognition of Little Rock’s Historic Resources
Part Three - VIII. Goal—Expand the Range of Incentives and Protection to Property Owners
Part Four - IX. Goal—Increase Effectiveness of City Agencies and Organizations, X. Goal—Enhance Education Efforts on the Economic Benefits and Sustainability of Historic Preservation and XI. Implementation
Part Five - Appendix A. Little Rock’s Proud Past—Historical and Architectural Development
Part Six - Appendix A. Little Rock’s Proud Past—Historical and Architectural Development continued
Part Seven - Appendix B. Little Rock’s National Register-Listed Properties (April 2009)
Part Eight - Appendix C. Zoning, Land Use and Historic Preservation

 Little Rock Historic District Commission Calendar

Filing Deadline Public Hearing
December 5, 2014 January 12, 2015
January 9, 2015 February 9, 2015
February 6, 2015 March 9, 2015
March 6, 2015 April 13, 2015
April 10, 2015 May 11, 2015
May 8, 2015 June 8, 2015
June 5, 2015 July 13, 2015
July 10, 2015 August 10, 2015
August 7, 2015 September 14, 2015
September 11, 2015 October 12, 2015
October 9, 2015 November 9, 2015
November 6, 2015 December 14, 2015
December 11, 2015 January 11, 2016

The Historic District Commission meets the second Monday of each month  at 5:00 PM in the Board Chambers, second floor of Little Rock City Hall.


The meeting of the Historic District Commission scheduled for November 9, 2015 has been postponed until December 14, 2015.

Guidelines Revisions: Staff Report with additional changes, Current Residential Guidelines, Proposed Residential Guidelines, Current Commercial Guidelines, Proposed Commercial Guidelines, Proposed Site Design Guidelines.

If you would like to be notified via email monthly of the posting of the agenda, please e-mail

For More Information

     Brian Minyard, Planner II
     Planning and Development Department
     723 West Markham Street
     Little Rock, AR 72201
     (501) 371-4790

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