Hanger Hill Neighborhood
The Hanger Hill neighborhood encompasses approximately forty blocks in Downtown Little Rock, east of Interstate 30. It is in close proximity to City Center, the River Market entertainment district, and the Clinton Library and Heifer International headquarters, with easy access to several interstate highways, the Little Rock National Airport, schools, hospitals and shopping.
The neighborhood began life as farmland in the country east of downtown Little Rock and was the location of St. Johns College, the estate of William E. Woodruff (founder and editor of the Arkansas Gazette), and the estate of Peter Hanger for whom the neighborhood was ultimately named. The majority of the existing residential structures in the neighborhood date from the early 20th century and include a variety of architectural styles including simple shotgun houses, plain turn of the century Victorian cottages, Colonial Revival cottages, Craftsman style houses, English Revival style homes, pre-WWII houses and unusually, a series of homes constructed of precast concrete blocks dating to about 1907.
The construction of Interstate 30 and I-630 effectively cut off the Hanger Hill neighborhood from the rest of downtown and led to a significant decline in the neighborhood. However, an active neighborhood association has established a National Register Historic District in the 1500 block of Welch Street (The Hanger Hill Historic District) and is working diligently to encourage rehabilitation and beautification of this historic area.