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Sisters Still Set on Demolishing St. Scholastica Monastery

“Not even the owner of Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs, one of the most iconic structures in Arkansas, could convince an order of Benedictine Sisters to halt their plans to demolish the almost 100-year-old St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith.

“A statement from the CEO of Sky Capital Group, which owns the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, regarding St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith and posted to the Arlington’s Facebook Page Friday (June 3) left many on social media speculating Continue reading

Plans on Hold to Demolish Historic St. Scholastica Monastery

“Little Rock-based Preserve Arkansas has received preliminary grant approval from a national trust to conduct an assessment of historic St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith, which is set for demolition after June 1.

“The $10,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation requires the Benedictine Sisters who own the iconic monastery to delay demolition and agree to an architectural assessment of the large, five-story structure. Continue reading

3 Sites Added to Arkansas’ “Most Endangered Places” List

“Preserve Arkansas’s 2022 Most Endangered Places list includes an architecturally significant church at Lonoke, one of the last historic commercial buildings at DeValls Bluff, and an 1850s farmstead in Stone County….

“The Most Endangered Places Program began in 1999 to raise awareness of historically and architecturally significant properties facing threats such as demolition, deterioration, and insensitive development.

Preserve Arkansas solicited nominations from individuals and organizations throughout the state, and a selection committee Continue reading

Arkansas Adds Sites to National Historic Register

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) has announced seven additions to the National Register of Historic Places:

♦  U.S. 65 Expressway Pedestrian Bridge, Jefferson County
♦  Lawrence A. Davis, Sr., Student Union, Jefferson County
♦  Dr. Alfred A. and Adele Berger, House, Phillips County
♦  Helena World Building, Phillips County
♦  Helena Aero Tech Hangars, Phillips County
♦  K.C. Baking Powder Building, Pulaski County
♦  Jewish Cemetery, Sebastian County

A listing on the National Register of Historic Places is an honorary certification that allows property owners to apply for grants and tax credits toward maintenance.
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is an agency of Arkansas Heritage. AHPP is responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources.

Other divisions are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum, and the Arkansas State Archives. Arkansas Heritage is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

2020’s Most Endangered Places in Arkansas

Preserve Arkansas’s 2020 Most Endangered Places list includes a nationally significant military hospital, a Trail of Tears witness structure, the Grapette Company headquarters, a Charles Thompson-designed bank, a historic mercantile, Lafayette County’s first jail, and a New Deal-era high school building. Preserve Arkansas is also featuring Little Rock’s oldest municipal golf course as “One to Watch.”

The Most Endangered Places Program is Continue reading