The largest privately owned renovation project in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is the restoration of the 56,050 square foot 1920 Italianate Renaissance Revival style Hamp Williams Building located at 500-510 Ouachita Avenue across from the Garland County Courthouse.
The Surfas Group achieved a blend of design integrity to the period, and the addition of elements that enhanced the original design which was critical as the Hamp Williams Building was put on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Surfas Group has introduced new elements such as the charming stone-walled Southern style courtyard with an impressive tiered stone fountain. Tucked into the center of the building, this outdoors area is available for tenant enjoyment and future events. Unearthed mule shoes discovered during the evacuation have been embedded into the walkway leading into the garden. This juxtaposition of past, present and future within the project is a blend of elements that inspires.
The spacious parking lot in the back of the building makes the Hamp Williams Building highly desirable for a variety of business models.
The achievement of the goal of Les and Diana Surfas, who is an Arkansas native, and their son, Steven, to create functional exciting spaces with the technological necessities for today’s business a reality has been a fulfilling experience. Diana Surfas states: “The goal of bringing neglected historic buildings to new usage and attracting discriminating tenants who are leaders in local businesses has been achieved with the Hamp Williams Building in Hot Springs, Arkansas.”