Walnut Room this way

Walnut Room this way

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Square at Hamburg

Hamburg, Arkansas was created in 1849, and the original plat of the business district around the square is still in tact.  The four-sided clock was donated by local jeweler W. C. McDermott, and placed in front of the courthouse completed in 1905 (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program).  The Town Square remains, although the last courthouse was demolished in the late 1960s.

Harrod Law Office occupies the former Farmers Bank & Trust building, completed in 1919.  It is in the Hamburg Commercial Historic District, where 75% of the buildings span 1908-1920 construction.
I thought this might be the old Hamburg Opera House, but it is on the wrong side of the square.  It looks like the kind of building that might have been an opera house, doesn't it?  Nonetheless, I cannot locate any specific information about it.  The Arkansas Department of Archives and History does not have that great new online historic database like Mississippi Department of Archives and History.  

This building is the old Palace Hotel, built by R. J. McBride, who also built the Methodist Church.  The front part of the building has been considerably altered.  For now, time to get back on the road to Texas!

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