Old State House

300 W. Markham St., Little Rock, Arkansas


Old State Capitol Building

South elevation. Feb. 12, 1934. Photo by Prather Reynolds

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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From 1912 to 1916, the Arkansas State Board of Health, in partnership with the University of Arkansas Medical School, worked from this building on successful campaigns to control or eradicate hookworm, a scourge of the South, and malaria, a disease that plagued much of the planet. Arkansas's drive against malaria was a model of success, long acclaimed in the history of public health, which was used to eradicate malaria in the rest of the United States and the world. Carried out in the town of Crossett, Arkansas, the office of the Surgeon General distributed nationwide a full report of the Crossett Experiment as Public Health Bulletin No. 88, and this detailed description became the formula for sanitation workers around the world. After restoration work is completed, the building will be open to the public. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 9, 1997

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 3, 1969
Reference number
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Areas of significance
Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1825-1849
Significant years
1836; 1885
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 3

Update Log 

  • September 19, 2012: New photo from Lisa Hyde