If the house looks familiar it should. It was shown in virtually every Designing Women episode as the face of the Sugarbaker Design Firm.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY: The Villa Marre
WRITTEN BY: Southern Guide to Life
Little Rock, AR – Famous as the home of the fictional Atlanta-based Sugarbaker Design Firm in television’s long running ‘Designing Women,’ The Villa Marre is actually located in downtown Little Rock’s Quapaw Quarter Historic District. Considered one of Little Rock’s premier historic homes, it is no wonder that Arkansas native Linda Bloodworth-Thomas selected the home’s facade for her comedy centered around the lives of southern women.
Built in 1881 by Angelo and Jennie Marre in honor of their Italian heritage, The Villa Marre (pronounced “Marie”) boasts strong Italianate influences and Second Empire architectural style. One of the homes most striking features is its intricate mansard slate roof with tiles intertwined to create a fish-scale motif. The tall narrow windows and ornate center tower are also characteristic of Italianate design, as are the alternating quoins at the corners of the home.
Today, the home is open as a beautiful and historic event venue for weddings, dinners, and other functions. It can host 200 people for a cocktail reception, 100 seated inside, or 225 people seated for an outdoor event.
1321 Scott St.
Little Rock, AR 72202