Cromwell was honored to be a part of Habitat for Humanity’s first "Tiny House" project. The house was dedicated to its new owner, Raymond Donaldson, over the weekend. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity.
Want to learn a little bit more about Little Rock's East Village You should definitely read this editorial by Senior Editor Rex Nelson in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette from 1/31/2018. http://www.arkansasonline.com/…/creating-east-village-2018…/
This article from The Daily Record tells the story of the past, present, and future of East Village.
This is an image of 101 Spring Street prior to the construction of the Cromwell building in 1975. The building was dedicated to Mr. Cromwell in 1992 to honor his legacy. Mr. Cromwell didn’t just design buildings; he connected communities and people together.
This is a drawing of the Capital Hotel from 1877. Forty years ago, when Cromwell built their building at Markham and Spring Streets, the area was in need of a major redevelopment effort. Mr. Cromwell was committed to renovating the hotel which in turn spurred the redevelopment of the Convention District and changed the face of downtown Little Rock.
Cromwell was honored to accept our 2017 Preserve Arkansas Award for Excellence in Preservation through Rehabilitation for 615 Main. It is so inspiring to spend an evening with people dedicated to preserving the heritage of our state.
12 Star Flats, a mix of studio and two bedroom apartments located on the second floor of the Paint Factory, will be ready for tenants in just a few short weeks. The Paint Factory is a mixed use building in Little Rock’s East Village that includes almost 30,000 sf of office space for 130 Cromwell employees, 16 loft apartments, and Chef Donnie Ferneau’s newest restaurant "Cathead’s", open for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Named after Sterling Paint’s famous 12 Star brand, the flats offer rare industrial style living that retains the character and history of a great Arkansas success story.The apartments feature an onsite Fitness Center, a Community room, an outdoor patio, and convenient parking.
East Village is the 6th & newest Downtown Neighborhood along with the Financial Quarter, MacArthur Park, SOMA, River Market & Argenta neighborhoods. It is similar in some ways to the other 5 but has a more industrial flavor architecturally due to its unique history.
Other major anchors include the Clinton Center, Heifer International HQ, & eStem Middle School now under construction.
Food and beverage establishments already in the area include Rebel Kettle & Lost 40 craft breweries, Heifer Cafe and "42", an upscale restaurant in the Clinton Center. There are several other exciting projects in the East Village underway or planned including the new Rock City marina, "The Bike Shop" at 1212 East 6th and the redevelopment of both the Ace Glass & Rock Town Distillery buildings. For leasing information, please contact Rachel Scott at Moses Tucker Partners, 501-376-6555 or email@example.com. You can also visit their website at https://www.12starflats.com/.
Earlier this month we donated a hundreds of documents and photos to the Arkansas Studies Institute. The documents date generally from the 1940s to the 1980s and will be available to the community for their use. Many of them represent buildings and places that no longer exist today. We are happy to be a part of preserving Arkansas' heritage.
Photo Courtesy of Polk Stanley Wilcox
Here is a really great article about our friends at Abandoned Arkansas. Their mission is to preserve the story of Arkansas' neglected and abadoned buildings through photography.
Preserving and telling the story of the Paint Factory is as equally important to Cromwell and our partners as the renovation of the building itself. Over the last two years, we have collected a number of historical items from various stages in the Paint Factory’s history. These items will be assembled into a rotating exhibit in Cromwell’s new Headquarters.
When the Paint Factory was first purchased, we were excited about opening the building’s vault. Original to the building, this vault contained an old safe, paint cans, records for the paint company, and drawings from the construction of the original building in 1947 as well as the addition that was designed in 1971.
The family of Stebbins and Roberts’ founder, Albert Howard Stebbins, has also generously donated a number of items that will be housed in the exhibit. These items include a colorful portrait of Mr. Stebbins with East Little Rock in the background as well as a paint deck from the Stebbins and Goldsmith era from 1914-1916. Former alumni of the company have also provided us with many items from the company’s past.
With the help of extensive online searches and the keen eyes of our employees, we have acquired several items for our collection, such as a Sterling Paint Sign that hung in the Cabot Lumber Yard, and a Sterling Paint clock. We have also collected several items that were found on the site during the renovation, including several pieces of terracotta that might have belonged to the foundation of the Little Rock Box Company.
The story of one of Little Rock’s most successful businesses is one that we are honored to tell. The vault, along with the building itself, will serve as a living monument to an important part of our city’s past, present, and future.