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Hamp Williams Building
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

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 largest privately owned renovation project in Hot Springs, Arkansas is the restoration of the 56,050 square foot 1920 Italian Renaissance Revival style Hamp Williams Building located at 500-510 Ouachita Avenue across from the Garland County Courthouse.

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.

Professional tenants in the building include, CASA of Garland County (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). CASA is a non-profit organization well known for its mission that “promotes and supports local programs providing qualified volunteer advocates to help abused and neglected children in juvenile proceedings reach safe, permanent homes.” Also located in the Hamp Williams is the Bancroft Law Firm with professional and reliable legal services performed with excellence and integrity, Brian G. Wilson, Photography, capturing life in all its moments with his camera and the office of Beam Asset Management, R. Curtis Wethington and Randy Green, Insurance Specialist.

At the street level of the Hamp Williams Building at 510 Ouachita Avenue is the Culinary District, a commercial restaurant supply and gourmet food warehouse supplying the professional chef and the home cook with “all things culinary”.

The Culinary District is the centerpiece of the Surfas family business located in Los Angeles and Costa Mesa, California where they provide design and installation services for commercial kitchens, replacement food service items, essential top quality tools, cookware, cutlery, and other items to be used with food preparation and specialty food products for caterers and home use. The Hamp Williams Building management office is located inside the Culinary District space.

Zoe’s in the District, located at street level with your choice of inside or outside dining in our courtyard serves many favorite freshly made lunch dishes Tuesday through Saturday. The talented Chef, Ben Dodson, also is a caterer in Hot Springs.

Currently available is a large corner retail space. Located at the highly visible and high traffic count intersection of Ouachita Avenue and Hawthorne Street it is a most desirable location. This space features tall windows of antique glass this space ideal for retail or restaurant/bar.

A well-planned space suitable for a small user with access off of Hawthorne Avenue is also available.

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.” 

Contact:    Les Surfas   (in California)
Phone:      (310) 559-4770
Fax:          (310) 280-7248

Contact:   Susie Chandler  (in Arkansas)
Phone:      (501) 624-2665
Fax:          (501) 624-2664

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Letter for Les Surfas

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