Little Rock, Arkansas
The Federal Reserve Bank in Little Rock stood vacant for many years, until a $5.9 million rehabilitation transformed the building into a charter school. The building retains many of the unique bank features, including the vault and lobby gun tower originally used to protect the currency, from its construction in 1924. The recent renovation, assisted by a Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit, allowed the exterior of the building to remain largely the same while the interior was adapted for educational needs. The lobby was restored and glazed walls were added to allow spaces to be used for classrooms. The rehabilitation revealed original historic features including fluted columns and plaster ceilings that were obscured in the past.
Photo: The bank after rehabilitation
– NPS file