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Neil Hamill Park Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MC 1512

Scope and Content Note

Materials include photographs, catalogs, academic and professional drawings, records and correspondence.

Dates

  • Creation: 1925-1983

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Due to fragility, Student Drawings are restricted and may only be used with permission from the Architecural Records Archivist.

Biographical Note

Neil Hamill Park (1904-1986) was one of the first professional Landscape Architects to practice in Arkansas. Park was born on May 12, 1904 to Agnes Hamill Park and Elijah Crane Park in Lansing, Michigan. In 1912 he moved to Parkin, Arkansas when his mother was transferred to manage the Lansing Company.

After earning a dual degree in Chemistry and Philosophy at Little Rock College, Park earned a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at Cornell University, where he graduated in 1928. While a student at Cornell, Park met influential residential architect and Cornell professor Bryant Fleming. Park worked for Fleming’s firm. With Fleming, Park contributed to significant estates projects including Cheekwood, a Nashville, Tennessee estate which later opened as a botanical garden and museum in 1960.

Park's talents were recognized early in his career. After first having received an honorable mention the previous year, in 1931, Park won the prestigious Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture. After studying in Rome, Italy, in conjunction with the award, Park returned to United States to begin practicing Landscape Architecture in earnest. Park worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority on large public works. In the late 1930s Park established a firm, Highberger and Park, with a partner in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1939, Park started his independent practice which he continued until his retirement.

The advance of World War II provided Park with government projects in Arkansas. In 1939, Park was the Landscape Architect and Planner on several federal housing projects with a group of Little Rock based architects.

The geographic shift of his practice and personal changes prompted Parks permanent return to Little Rock, Arkansas in 1943. That year, he married Lois Linbarier, a nurse, of Camden, Arkansas. Together, the couple raised three daughters. Park was active in professional organizations and in the cultural life of Little Rock.

After the close of the World War II, Park practiced broadened to include residential, religious and other institutional projects. Park’s residential work included projects for some of Arkansas most prominent citizens of the period including Charles Murphy, Winthrop Rockefeller, and B.T. Fooks.

Park retired from professional practice in 1975. He died February 4th, 1986 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Extent

9 Linear Feet (9 boxes, 105 photographs, 186 oversize folders)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Acquisition Information

The Neil Hamill Park Papers were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, on July 10, 1994 by Lois L. Park of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by Catherine Wallack; completed in May 2013.

Source

Title
Neil Hamill Park Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Catherine Wallack
Date
May 2013
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

Contact:
University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444