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William J. Clinton Presidential Center

Ennead Architects

Project Description


The architectural and site design of this Presidential complex maximizes public park acreage, responds to its riverfront location, connects downtown Little Rock with North Little Rock, and preserves a historic railroad station bridge. To achieve these objectives, the main body of the Center is elevated off the ground plane, allowing the new 30-acre city park along the south bank of the Arkansas River to flow underneath. The building's bridge-like form emphasizes the idea of connection, makes reference to the "Six Bridges" that cross the Arkansas River and responds to the President's policy initiatives; the principal entrance is on axis with East Markham Street to emphasize the link to downtown Little Rock. The refurbished Choctaw Station houses the Clinton Public Policy Institute and Clinton School of Public Service, and the Rock Island Railroad Bridge will be employed as a pedestrian crossing linking the site to North Little Rock.
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