Arkansas was situated on the highest  ground at the Fair.  The colonial-style building contained sweeping verandas on all sides for fairgoers to rest. 84 by 100 feet, the structure  was designed by Frank W. Gibb, A.I.A.  architect from  Little Rock, Arkansas, and constructed at a cost of 19,944.05 dollars to build, using materials from the state.

The building was arranged for the entertainment of the Arkansans visiting
the Fair, and served the purpose of a clubhouse and general headquarters
for thousands of people.
















Inside, the Arkansas state building native hard woods were displayed in the stained-oak inlaid floor as well as marble  and onyx or ornamental with  work.

The walls of the reception hall were green  with a frieze border three feet deep. Against clouds and branches full with  apple blossoms,  was a painted  the State floral emblem. A marble mantelpiece, adorned with  Eureka Springs onyx was a featured display.  A grandfather clock by Charles Becker of Litle Rock was made out of all native woods.


In the main room of  the building was a composite exhibit made by the land department of the Iron Mountain Railroad, consisting of a collection of minerals found in the state, samples of the various woods of the state, a wooden library of seventy-five volumes, each book being made of a different kind of Arkansas wood, paintings and pictures of Arkansas scenes, and a historic clock made in Germany in 1763 for the Duke of Saxony, and samples of mineral waters of Montgomery County.

On the walls  were framed photographs of the state's  scenery-  framed in native woods and painstakingly carved by Arkansas' skilled craftsmen.

At the conclusion of the Fair the building was sold to a citizen of Arkansas, where it was used as a residence.

Though Arkansas had nice display of Agrarian products, it also had showcased an excellent  Bauxite (the main ingredient in aluminum), exhibit.
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