I chanced on this “Classical Revival/Modern Movement” (National Register of Historic Places) Art Deco style building (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program) building in the El Dorado Commercial Historic District quite by accident, even though I was driving directly to the street address. I was just on the wrong end of the street. I had forgotten what building I was seeking and when I saw this baby looming up on the corner, I pulled into the parking lot across the street.
I surmised from the design that it was a New Deal building, but I surmised incorrectly. The building was constructed in 1927, by architects George R. Mann and Eugene John Stearn, and formally opened February 17, 1928.
And the building I was actually seeking? Well, I discovered when looking at my notes after arriving home that it was on the South end of the street…and was the 1940 gym built by the Works Progress Administration. It is still in existence, and still in use by the South Arkansas Community College.