Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Caudle Overlook - Arkansas River overlook above the Russellville Lock and Dam

Here is a great hidden gem in Russellville, AR. This is the Caudle Overlook that sits above the Russellville Lock and Dam on the Arkansas River. It gives a nice shady spot for picnics and also provides much appreciated restrooms. It is located near the Caudle Overlook and Shepherd's Fields Bike Trail. The wooded area creates the perfect setting for this Modern gem. The gentle curve of the floating plane echos the work of Eero Saarinen  while the decorative textile blocks remind you of the work of E.D. Stone. The over-sized masonry wall at the rear of the restrooms helps to provide a sense of privacy the obviously private spaces behind it, while reinforcing the Modernist design aesthetics  The railing is an obvious recent addition but it does not distract too much from the lovely Modernism it is attached to. The building was constructed in the late 1960's but was not dedicated until 1971. It was dedicated to Mr. Reese Caudle due to his efforts and influence in the construction of the Arkansas River Lock and Dam system.

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