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Property Name Southern Trust Building
Reference Number 13000790
State Arkansas
County Pulaski
Town Little Rock
Street Address "221 W. 2""d Street"
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/26/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The Southern Trust Building was built during 1906-1907, opening to the public on December 31, 1907 _ At ten stories tall it was the first skyscraper in Arkansas, a title it held for only three years, and was the first building in Arkansas to incorporate all of the major components of a skyscraper. Built at a cost of approximately $350,000.00 by the Southern Construction Co, it included fireproofing techniques, steel skeletal construction and electric elevators. It also included pneumatic mail chutes and electric lights. It was lighted by electricity and gas, heated by steam and serviced by three electric elevators. The building was designed by noted architect, George R. Mann in the Commercial Style. The building featured many windows combined with the U shape light-well making it very functional with cross currents of fresh air and sunlight able to enter the windows of every office during the course of the day. As the first skyscraper in Little Rock, the Southern Trust Building is being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places with local significance under Criterion C.


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