Eureka Springs High School

Eureka Springs High School

Awards Won

Merit Award 2013


Eureka Springs, AR


Morrison Architecture, P.C.

Project Team

Project Team:
Laura Morrison, AIA
Charles Morrison

Hathaway Engineering
Zachry Engineering
JL Network Services LLC
McCutcheon Surveying, Inc.
Sand Creek Engineering
Kinco Constructors LLC

Photo Credit

Gary Kessel

Project Overview

Eureka Spring HS altEureka Springs High School reflects upon the contextual history of Eureka Springs. It connects education with community and respects the natural environment.


Eureka Springs is known for it’s artistic community and it’s unique built environment composed of over twenty different architectural styles combined with massive cut limestone block retaining walls and native limestone rock outcroppings. The high school building forms reflect a modern interpretation of the eclectic built environment that is unique to Eureka Springs in the way structures and movement of people must merge with the steep topography of the region.


A vision for community use is captured in the design, placement and flow of building spaces for after-hours use by the public. The community created a High School Building Committee which was deeply involved in understanding and supporting the need to develop an educational facility that not only enhanced the learning process for the students but also provided space for the public to continue life-long learning.


Respectfully stepping down an Ozark Mountain wooded hillside, the high school emerges as the cornerstone of this small town school campus. With sustainable features including a rain garden to help control storm water drainage, passive solar design, day-lighting techniques, ‘green’ building materials and energy efficient building systems, the high school celebrates it’s purposeful and balanced place in the natural surroundings.