Posts Tagged ‘gothic architecture in arkansas’

125th Birthday Brings Celebration and Discounts to The Empress!

June 18th, 2013 by Lisa

empress-mobileWe have donned our party hats and blown out the candles for 125th birthday of the Hornibrook Mansion, also known as The Empress of Little Rock.  We want to invite everyone to join in this momentous celebration, so we are offering a summer birthday special!  Between now and Labor day if you stay two or more days, we will take 25% off of your room price!

The Empress of Little Rock was originally built in 1888  by Saloon Keeper James H. Hornibrook and is known regionally as the finest example of Gothic Queen Anne architecture. Totally restored into Little Rock’s most award-winning bed and breakfast in 1995, entering the Empress of Little Rock is like taking a step back in time. With an authentic peek into Victorian opulence; Whether you are lounging in our gentleman’s parlor or soaking in an antique claw foot tub (original to the house!) you are sure to feel as if you should don your petticoats or top hat and ride off in a horse and carriage. But don’t mistake historic as dated, as The Empress offers the finest of modern day conveniences including featherbeds, museum quality antiques, state of the art hydro massage spa showers, steam and aromatherapy and first class business amenities including wi-fi and on site conference center. Located at 2120 Louisiana Street, The Empress is open to the public for tours Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Groups by pre-arrangement.

The Empress of Little Rock is the subject of numerous magazine articles including Delta Sky Magazine, Southern Women, Southern Living, Arkansas Times, National Geographic Traveler, Country Inns, Victorian Decorating Lifestyles, Victorian Homes, and programs on HGTV. For further information, please call (501) 374-7966.

Architectural Significance of The Empress noted

April 16th, 2012 by Lisa

It is architectural week, and the folks over at bnbfinder.com thought that they would recognize several Inns of outstanding architecture, including The Empress.  The article raved, “If you’re looking for quintessential ornate Victorian architecture, check out The Empress of Little Rock Small Luxury Hotel and Conference Center located in Little Rock, AR. Designed by Max Orlopp and Casper Kusener, it was completed in 1888 and is listed on the National register of Historic Places. The mansion is considered one of the most important, existing examples of Gothic Queen Anne design in Arkansas with its divided stairway, stain glass skylight, octagonal shaped rooms and 3 ½ story corner tower.”

Check out the whole article here.