Trapnall Hall

 
 

History

Trapnall Hall, constructed in 1843 in the Greek Revival style of architecture, was once the home of Frederic and Martha Trapnall. The home’s architect is unknown, but it was one of the few brick houses in Little Rock at the time it was built.

The Trapnalls were a prominent family during their lifetime. Their namesake home went through a succession of owners and uses after passing out of the Trapnall family. To prevent the home from being torn down, Mrs. Charles Minor (Julia) Taylor purchased it in 1929 and donated it to the Junior League of Little Rock as a memorial to her late husband. In 1963, the Junior League sponsored a major restoration of Trapnall Hall led by the Cromwell Architecture Firm. After serving for many years as headquarters for the Junior League, the league donated half of the appraised value of Trapnall Hall to the state in 1976. Today, Trapnall Hall stands as the official receiving hall for the state’s governor, and can be rented by the public for special events.

 

Event Rental

Trapnall Hall is a lovely and classic venue that can accommodate indoor and outdoor weddings, meetings, receptions, and photoshoots. In addition to street parking in downtown Little Rock and the nearby parking garages, Trapnall has on-site paved parking. There are hotels, restaurants, and other entertainment within walking distance from the facility making it truly a gem in the heart of downtown. 

The facility has a spacious dressing room with adjoining restroom (typically used as a bride’s room). Wedding rentals come with complimentary use of the house and grounds for portraits during regular business hours. There is a small fee for those who wish to use Trapnall Hall for portraits only.

Because Trapnall Hall is a historic property, the floor cannot support dancing but small musical groups are welcome and the grand piano in the South Parlor is available for musician use. Alcohol may be served for two hours. Please inquire for our extensive list of approved caterers.

Maximum capacity indoor is 125 people cocktail style (or alternately 75 seated comfortably for weddings). Additional guests can be accommodated if the exterior of the facility is used for reception or ceremony.

The charm of a home-like setting is ideal for more intimate events and the walled garden to the rear of the historic home makes an enchanting setting.

sitting room with couch, three chairs, patterned rug, fireplace and curtains
 
 

Accommodations

  • 225 guests for receptions
  • 75 to 125 guests for inside weddings
  • More than 125 guests for front porch and lawn ceremonies
  • 70 people can be seated theater-style in the dining room
  • 64 seated at round tables
  • 30 guests in a conference-style setting
  • 16 for smaller meetings and meal functions for dining room seating.
  • Our walled back garden is ideal for small ceremonies.

We provide everything you'll need for a wonderful time, including: plates, punch cups, wine and bar glasses, flatware, silver serving pieces, chairs for use inside the building, a baby grand piano and security for night events. Alcohol may be served for two hours, and be sure to ask about our extensive list of approved caterers. Trapnall Hall has a large parking lot and is within walking distance of several downtown hotels and the River Market.

Rental Policies

Welcome to Trapnall Hall. We are excited to help you have a wonderful event. Having helped many brides, party planners and meeting planners in the past; we have learned some things that make everything run smoother. The rental policies below are meant to help make every aspect of the special day go as planned.

  • An Arkansas Department of Health-licensed caterer, pre-approved to work at Trapnall Hall, must cater the event.
  • Maximum time allowed for serving alcohol is two hours.
  • Trapnall Hall is a no-smoking environment.
  • Bartenders must be employed by and be under the direction of the caterer. No guest may serve himself from the bar.
  • Trapnall Hall does not allow birdseed, rice, confetti, potpourri, or rose petals.
  • Food will be served only in the dining room.
  • No beer kegs, fountains, or ice sculptures are permitted.
  • No dancing or disc jockeys are allowed; however, we welcome use of the piano in the south parlor. Small musical groups are acceptable.
  • Overtime fees will be charged.
 

Trapnall Hall Booking Inquiry

 
colonial house with brick pathway and columns

“The venue was stunning. The atmosphere was welcoming and classic. The furnishings were elegant, charming, and very comfortable. Having a baby grand piano allowed us to set just the mood we desired, with flowing music greeting our guests as they ascended the lovely brick steps.” - K.S.