Trapnall Hall



One of the most beautiful antebellum homes in Arkansas, Trapnall Hall, located at 423 E. Capitol Ave. in Little Rock, is the ideal setting for business meetings, luncheons, dinners, weddings, receptions, corporate celebrations, reunions, parties and much more. Trapnall Hall accommodates up to 225 guests for receptions, 64 seated at round tables, and up to 30 in a conference-style setting. The dining room table seats 16 for smaller meetings and meal functions. 70 people can be seated theater-style in the dining room.

History

Trapnall Hall, constructed in 1843 in the Greek Revival style of architecture, was once the home of Frederic and Martha Trapnall. The home’s architect is unknown, but it was one of the few brick houses in Little Rock at the time that it was built.

The Trapnalls settled in Little Rock in the late 1830s from Kentucky. Trapnall, a lawyer and merchant, served in the Arkansas legislature for several sessions.

Campaigning for Congress in 1853, Frederic fell ill and died, but his widow lived in the home until her death in 1861. Upon the death of the Trapnalls’ only surviving child in 1863, Frederic’s brothers became heirs to the Trapnall properties. The Trapnalls are buried in Mt. Holly Cemetery in Little Rock.

The home went through a succession of owners and uses after passing out of the Trapnall family. To prevent the home from being torn down, Mrs. Charles Minor (Julia) Taylor purchased it in 1929 and donated it to the Junior League of Little Rock as a memorial to her late husband. In 1963, the Junior League sponsored a major restoration of Trapnall Hall, which was returned to its original splendor by the Cromwell Architecture Firm. It was one of the first homes in the area to be restored. After serving for many years as headquarters for the Junior League, in 1976 the league donated half of the appraised value of Trapnall Hall to the state. Today, Trapnall Hall stands as the official receiving hall for the state’s governor, and can be rented by the public for special events.

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