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Thompson Building

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City/County/Congressional District: Hot Springs , Garland County ( District 4 )
Location Class: Commercial
Year Built: 1913
Historic Designation: Historic District 1985
Status: Restored


Before Restoration


After Restoration

The Thompson Building is located in the Central Avenue Historic District in downtown Hot Springs. It is a landmark Classical Revival building designed by renowned architect George R. Mann, the principal architect of the Arkansas State Capitol. The Thompson Building is a showcase of the district. The Thompson Building was one of Hot Spring’s most prominent office buildings in the early 1900s, housing doctor’s offices in the upper floors and retail space below. The upper floors were later used for residential purposes. Much of the historic fabric of the building is intact, though the top floors were vacant for decades. In 2016 the building underwent a significant restoration and is now known as The Waters Hotel, an upscale, boutique hotel with a fine dining restaurant. It has been saved for use of future generations.