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Welcome to historic Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Our early hotels, motels and inns, with their Folk-Victorian charm and intricate details, stand as a testament to a bygone era. Among them, the Piedmont Hotel at 165 Spring Street shines with its two-story frame structure (constructed in 1881) and is a perfect example of the architectural style that defined the town in its infancy when the earliest structures in Eureka Springs were built to accommodate the visitor in two-story framed Folk-Victorian style accommodations.

The Piedmont

The New Orleans Hotel, with its limestone facade and ornate iron balconies, transports visitors to the streets of the French Quarter, while the Palace Hotel and Bath House, with its domed center tower and Romanesque influences, offers a glimpse into a world of ancient civilizations and timeless beauty.

The New Orleans Hotel

The New Orleans Hotel at 63 Spring Street was built by W. D. Wadsworth, noted in commercial construction in turn-of-the century Eureka Springs. Built in 1900 and constructed of limestone with brick on its facade, the four-story building features a two-story ornate iron balcony on its front.

The Palace Hotel and Bath House at 135 Spring Street, also built in 1900, is a two-story limestone building with basement. A domed center tower with a round arched opening surrounded by large limestone blocks affords a Romanesque style influence on this building. It is the only hotel in Eureka Springs, which still offers baths in the style and charm as they once used the waters of the healing springs that made the city famous.

The Palace Hotel and Bath House

Many hotels here in Eureka Springs were frame structures. However, most of these have been lost to fire or later salvaged for wood.

1960s Postcard of Morgan Court, now The Scandia Bed and Breakfast Inn

The Lamont

A smaller version of early lodging is the former Lamont Hotel at 138 Spring. Perched on a rock cliff, the Lamont is a two-story frame building with steep gable roof and front gable dormer. A two-story porch spans the front of the Lamont Hotel, affording a view of Harding Springs across the street and the downtown beyond. Generous use of porches, often two-story, is common on the early lodging buildings in the district.

Likely the most famous building, and certainly one of the most picturesque in the Eureka Springs Historic District is the Crescent Hotel, located on the north end of West Mountain at 75 Prospect Drive.

The Crescent Hotel

Architect Isaac Taylor designed the four-story building's eclectic style with characteristics of Romanesque, French Eclectic, and Second Empire styles. Special wagons were constructed to transport the huge pieces of magnesium limestone from a nearby quarry. Built at a cost of $294,000, the Crescent Hotel was considered one of the most luxurious hotels in the country. Situated on a 27-acre site overlooking downtown Eureka Springs, the Crescent Hotel commands an imposing presence with its stately stone walls and roof towers.

The Basin Park Hotel (a now sister property to the Crescent Hotel) was built in 1905 right in the heart of the downtown district. Constructed of local limestone, the eight-story Basin Park Hotel is built up against the steep hillside on the north side of Basin Park. Bridge walks lead from each of the upper floors of the eight-story building to the mountain behind it, offering a "ground floor" entrance on each level.

The Basin Park Hotel

Prior to the 1940s, visitors to Eureka Springs came largely to take advantage of the healing springs downtown and as automobile travel became more widespread and U.S. Highway 62 was opened in 1920, lodging for the motorists began to be constructed on the highway above the city. A major tourist highway and popular detour from Route 66, Eureka Springs began to be a frequent stop on motor trips. Catering to this short-term lodging, as opposed to the normal lengthy stays in Eureka for health reasons, the development of business on Highway 62 was geared toward convenience for the motorist.

The most common type of early lodging geared for the motorist was the tourist cabin or cottage. On the western edge of the historic district, near the highway, two historic tourist courts exemplify this type of lodging.

Rock Cottages

The Rock Cottages at 10 Kings Highway were built in the late 1930s in a triangular-shaped block near the intersection of Kings Highway and Highway 62. These rectangular structures are covered with a gable roof and feature a wood gable shed roof over their entry. The cottages are distinctively covered in rubble stone.

The Log Cabin Inn at 42 Kings Highway consists of a series of small rectangular log cabins with a side shed roof porch.

Construction of motels on Highway 62 in Eureka Springs steadily increased through the 1940s and 1950s. The terrain of the area offered the opportunity to build motels that offered views of the valleys below.

Tradwinds Motel

Motel construction such as the Tradewinds at 141 W. Van Buren, built in 1948, or Morgan Court 227 W. Van Buren, built in 1947, offered lodging in a single building divided into rooms with space to park a car immediately in front of the visitor's door. For the most part, the motels in the district from the 1940s and 1950s are simple flat roof buildings.

Morgan Court (now The Scandia Bed & Breakfast Inn)

Motel construction boomed in the 1960s with nearby Beaver Lake, construction of the Christ of the Ozarks, and opening of the Passion Play. Early 1960s motels such as the ones that were once located at 121 W. Van Buren (now the site of The Quarter Shops) and 216 W. Van Buren (the former Joy Motel, now The Wanderoo Lodge) were built in locations previously occupied by tourist camp sites.

One of the larger motels in the district is the Best Western Eureka Inn at 101 E. Van Buren, built in 1975.

The buildings comprising the Eureka Springs Historic District strongly retain integrity of location, design, workmanship, materials, feeling and association. The historic district appears much as it did in the early twentieth century with houses and buildings of widely varying size and styles located on steep wooded hillsides around Eureka Springs' original attraction, the sixty-three natural springs.

Best Western Eureka Inn

Our unique historic district, presenting an overall Victorian appearance, represents a nationally significant resort town located in the rough, rolling terrain of the Ozarks. A sense of time and place as a popular Victorian resort is strongly conveyed in the majority of the historic district's buildings. The buildings' adaptation to the extreme hillsides and valleys accentuates their uniqueness as a collection. Although much new construction has occurred in the boundaries of the historic district since 1950, largely located on the edges of the district, leaving the core of the city's historic integrity in place.❤️


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