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Discover the hidden architectural gems of Arkansas

  • 05/22/2019 - 05/27/2019
  • 6 Days
  • Starting price $3,195

Experience the beautiful cultural heritage of Bentonville and Little Rock, Arkansas. From charming Victorian townscapes to the soaring glass-enclosed Thorncrown Chapel designed by Fay Jones, experience the architectural masterpieces of Arkansas. Take a private tour of the renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and explore its iconic design by Moshe Safdie. Enjoy the complex that features Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House and Buckminster Fuller's Fly's Eye Dome. In Little Rock, visit the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and  Museum, admire the architectural detailing and recently restored exterior of the historic Little Rock Central High School, and take a curatorial tour of the Old State House Museum.

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Max Guests - 30

Architectural highlights

  • Take in the incredible Crystal Bridges, designed by Moshe Safdie, which complements the surrounding Ozark landscape.
  • Visit the classic Usonian architecture of the Frank Lloyd Wright Bachman-Wilson House.
  • Marvel at the soaring Thorncrown Chapel designed by Fay Jones.
  • Enjoy visiting the Victorian-era town, Eureka Springs.
  • Explore the dynamic Clinton Presidential Center with a private tour.
  • Discover the enormous Gothic Revival masterpiece, Little Rock Central High School, built in 1927.
  • Admire the delicate Mildred Cooper Chapel.
  • Visit Little Rock’s charming “Southside Main Street” neighborhood for a guided walking tour.

 

More highlights

  • See James Turrell’s “The Way of Color” skyspace installation.
  • Explore the African American theater from the 1910s that is being saved from abandonment.
  • Enjoy the Governor’s Mansion, completed in 1950.
  • This trip qualifies for 10 AIA learning units.

 

Accommodations

21c Museum Hotel Bentonville is a 104-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, and cultural center. Located on the northeast corner of the Bentonville town square and a short walk to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  In downtown Little Rock, the Little Rock Marriott provides Arkansas travelers with stunning and innovative guest rooms furnished with plush amenities; spacious, well-lit workspaces, and marble bathrooms. Many rooms offer awe-inspiring views of downtown Little Rock or the Arkansas River. 

 

Also included

  • 5 nights accommodations
  • An experienced Tour Director, in addition to the Architectural Adventures Educational Expert
  • All guided visits and entrance fees for all included visits
  • Land transportation by private motor coach as outlined in the itinerary
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers
  • Service charges, taxes and gratuities for guides, bus drivers, porters, hotel staff and restaurant staff

 

What to expect

  • Appropriate for people in good health with overall good mobility
  • Traveler should be comfortable participating in a full day of sightseeing
  • Activities range from light to moderate intensity at an easy pace, but with lengthy walks, sometimes on uneven terrain, and climbing on stairs

 

Price

  • $3,195 per person, based on double occupancy
  • $695 single supplement
  • A deposit of $750 per person, payable by Master Card, Visa or check is required to reserve a space. Deposits are applied to payment of the total price.
  • Deposits are applied to payment of the total price and the final payment is due February 21, 2018 (by Visa, MC, check or wire transfer)

 

Not included

Airfare and air departure taxes and fees; airport transfers, airline baggage fees and excess baggage fees; meals not specified in the itinerary; food and beverages not part of the included meals; items of a personal nature; gratuities other than specified; travel and trip cancellation insurance; other items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary or as included.

Prices, itinerary, accommodations and experts subject to change.

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Architectural Adventures tours are managed by professional tour operators retained as independent contractors by The American Institute of Architects. To read Architectural Adventures full Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer visit architecturaladventures.org/travel-terms. To read the tour-specific terms and conditions from our tour operator International Seminar Design, Inc. visit architecturaladventures.org/isdi.

 

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Photography credits: Bachman-Wilson House © Nancy Nolan Photography and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, view from east into reflection area © Dero Sanford both courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

 

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Itinerary

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Begin your journey/James Turrell Skyspace

Depart from your preferred airport and fly to Bentonville, Arkansas. At sunset, discover James Turrell’s “The Way of Color” skyspace installation. This exhibit features a domed ceiling with an oculus opening directly to the sky. A series of LED lights illuminate the dome’s interior, and the framed glimpse of evening sky shifts suddenly and dramatically in hue.
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Frank Lloyd Wright & Moshe Safdie

Walk along the forest paths of Crystal Bridges, stopping to admire several installations along the way. Explore the classic Usonian architecture of the Frank Lloyd Wright Bachman-Wilson House, and tour of the permanent art collection in the museum before enjoying a specially designed tour of the bold architecture of Crystal Bridges itself, designed by Moshe Safdie. Notice how Crystal Bridges complements the surrounding Ozark landscape. Nestled into a natural ravine, the museum mixes the element of water on the site through the creation of two spring-fed ponds that are spanned by two signature bridge structures and surrounded by a group of pavilions.
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Hidden Gems of Arkansas

Discover two graceful Fay Jones chapels: the delicate Mildred Cooper Chapel and the soaring Thorncrown Chapel. Visit the time-capsule town of Eureka Springs, a Victorian-era spa resort town that still preserves dozens of buildings from the 1870s through the 1930s. A walking tour will focus on the town’s brightest architectural jewels. Enjoy some free time to appreciate the town’s renowned antique and craft shopping before returning to Bentonville. Independently, return to Crystal Bridges at twilight to experience artist Leo Villareal’s “Buckyball” light installation.
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Clinton Presidential Center

See rural Arkansas while traveling to the state capital of Little Rock. Go through the dynamic Clinton Presidential Center, and enjoy a private tour of the permanent exhibits while learning about the building’s architecture from a local expert. Walk through an important African American theater from the 1910s that is being saved from abandonment, and meet the owner and architect working to restore this unique remnant of the city’s early 20th-century African American culture.
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Historic Little Rock

Take a powerful visit to the enormous Little Rock Central High School, a Gothic Revival masterpiece built in 1927 hailed then as the most expensive and largest high school in the nation. Admire the architectural detailing and the recently restored exterior, and focus on the momentous Civil Rights history in 1957 when Dwight Eisenhower mobilized federal troops to ensure the safe integration of the school in the face of violent local protest. Health permitting, meet with one of the nine students who bravely entered the school in September 1957 and hear her amazing personal story. Explore Little Rock’s charming Southside Main Street or SOMA neighborhood for a guided walking tour and free time to have an independent lunch at one of many local cafés and restaurants. The afternoon is dedicated to two important state government buildings of great architectural repute. The Governor’s Mansion, completed in 1950, is a Georgian Colonial home flanked by smaller cottages and two colonnaded walkways. See the Old State House, an antebellum jewel dating back to the 1830s, a National Landmark that is the oldest surviving capitol building west of the Mississippi. Enjoy a curatorial tour of the State House Museum. As a fitting finale, celebrate the trip with a farewell dinner inside the 1843 Greek Revival home, which is currently used by the governor of Arkansas for diplomatic receptions and events.
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Depart Little Rock

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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