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Dunbar School Historic Neighborhood

Situated between the Governor’s Mansion Historic District and the Central High Neighborhood Historic District, the Dunbar School Historic Neighborhood offers a rich history and myriad educational opportunities, and is expected to be designated a historic district in the near future.

Within the neighborhood are areas that have their own distinct histories, ranging from sites important to Little Rock’s African-American heritage to “Binghampton Heights,” a residential area that developed with the help of streetcar service that attracted residents to purchase lots nestled among pine trees and natural springs.

The neighborhood is anchored by three educational institutions: Dunbar Middle School, Gibbs Magnet School of International Studies, and Philander Smith College. It also boasts a popular complex housing a public library, community center, and garden. A fine art gallery and medical clinic are currently under construction across the street.

The Dunbar School Historic Neighborhood offers a comprehensive collection of late 19th and early 20th century architectural styles ranging from vernacular “shotgun” cottages to 21-room mansions. Styles include Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, Dutch Revival, Italianate, and brick ranch style houses. An architectural survey is underway to gain historic district status for the neighborhood.

Does this historic neighborhood feel like home to you? Depending on size and condition, single family houses today cost from $18,000 to $250,000. One bedroom apartments rent from $350 to $500 while two bedroom apartments range from $500 to $650.

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