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Capitol View Neighborhood Historic District

Capitol View Neighborhood Historic District lies west of Little Rock, Arkansas. One of the district’s most distinctive features is a view of the Arkansas State Capitol. The district has remained nearly exclusively residential in character throughout its history. A handful of duplexes, three apartment buildings and a pair of grocery stores are the only exceptions among the 501 buildings included in the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The predominate architectures of the neighborhood include Craftsman, Craftsman Bungalow, and Bungalow with simple Tudor or Colonial Revival detailing. The dominance of these styles reflects the principal growth period of 1920 to 1940. In the northern section additions, 52 percent were constructed in the 1920s. Although 30 percent were built during the 1920s in the south of the West Markham additions, 28 percent were completed by 1939, many in the 1930 to 1931 time frame, before the Great Depression was evident. Survey statistics reveal that 76 percent of the housing was built by 1939. The building scale and decorative detailing is generally consistent; its limited variation is reflective of a similarly uniform residential character as a neighborhood of simple homes for the middle and working classes. Pockets of hardwood and evergreen trees remain to remind us of the wooded appeal of the area.