HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- The skinny white brick building at Central Avenue and Bridge Street is a familiar sight to millions of Hot Springs visitors, but for 40 years, the old First Federal building on the route of the world's shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade has been gradually decaying.
"It was actually the city's first skyscraper," said Cole McCaskill, the Downtown Development Director for the Hot Springs Metro Partnership. "Rumor has it the original contractor went bankrupt mainly because he spared no expense."
Being solidly built using now impossible to find Tiffany brick may be why this seven-story structure doesn't look more rundown, despite being vacant since 1978 when First Federal Mutual and later Citizens Bank cleared out.
Now, owner Jason Taylor has big plans for the landmark.