Fassler Hall and Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge
Located along Capitol Avenue in the MacArthur Park Historic District, Fassler Hall and Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge were developed simultaneously in an effort to revitalize an area critical to the connectivity of downtown Little Rock.
Located less than ½ mile walking distance from 4 of Little Rock’s most vibrant districts, these two projects spurred this once dilapidated and desolate block into a crossroads of urban life and activity in the city’s core.
Fassler Hall is a German-inspired beer hall, built in 1947 as the Paragon Printing building. The two-story International Style brick building, with long, repetitive structure expressed on the exterior, floor-to-ceiling glass façade, and large open interior, is listed as a contributing structure to the historic fabric of the neighborhood. This historic status required strict adherence to design guidelines and approval processes throughout the design and construction process. The restored and renovated 7,400 square foot ground floor houses the restaurant and bar with communal seating and a continuous 70ft long bar. Large doors and windows were incorporated into the west façade to provide a connection to the new 6,400 square foot Beer Garden patio for exterior dining and yard games.
Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge is an 8-lane bowling alley, originally brick and block constructed in 1968 as the MM Eberts American Legion Post. The 8,000 sf extensive renovation opened the floor plan and incorporated additional glazing into the front façade. The retro-inspired space includes a lounge, full-service bar, arcade area, and karaoke room, paying tribute to the classic bowling alleys of the 1970s.