Arkansas House Chamber 2018 Restoration

The Peckwell drawing was located in the Capitol Historian archive. The original concept was modified to accommodate all of the technology that did not existing in 1914, such as electronic voting, sound systems, and electrical power. The desk tops have been reduced to a 20” depth leaving more room between desk rows for the legislators to access the chairs. The side aisles were aligned to make movement within the chamber easier. The desks and rostrum is constructed of quarter sawn white oak, as specified on the original drawing and as originally installed throughout the Capitol. The chairs, which were last replaced in 1986, were also in poor condition and replaced during this project.
In 2019, Arkansas will be celebrating the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. A special session was held in this chamber to address ratification. On July 28, 1919, Arkansas became the 12th state to ratify the 19th Amendment.
Arkansas House chamber, 2017.
The Arkansas House chamber, March 2018.
Arkansas House chamber, April 2018.
Arkansas House chamber, July 2018.

Arkansas House chamber, end of July 2018.

Arkansas House chamber, October 23, 3018.

Arkansas House chamber, October 23, 2018.


Photos by Arkansas House of Representatives Production Assistant Rayna A. Mackey

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