History (Regarding Stone Quality)
Powell Clayton and associates chose the 27 acre site,
where the Crescent Hotel would be built. The architect
was Isaac Taylor of Eureka Springs Improvement Co. and
the Frisco Railroad.
Special wagons were constructed to transport the huge
pieces of magnesium limestone from the quarry site in
Elk City to the building site. Due to the density of
this special stone, the precision necessary in cutting
and fitting, a group of specialists from Ireland was
brought here to assist and advise in construction. Mr.
O'Shawnessy, the spokesman and leader of the imported
group, was interviewed by this reporter before his
return to Ireland. He recalled that, "Throughout the
many years of his stone working career he has never encountered
a stone with such density and quality as 'White River
Limestone'." He predicts it will become a popular
building stone in the future and further stated that
because of it's unique characteristics the 18" thick
walls of the Crescent, fitted without the use of mortar,
would withstand the destructive forces of time and
retain it's original beauty for years to come.