State Review Board Approves Submissions

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program - Wednesday, December 11, 2019

State Review Board Approves Submissions


The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) State Review Board met on Wednesday, December 4, at the headquarters of Arkansas Heritage in Little Rock and reviewed both Arkansas Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places submissions. One property was approved for the Arkansas Register and 13 submissions will move on to the National Park Service for consideration at the federal level.


Belmont Missionary Baptist Church and Cemetery, Moscow (Jefferson County), has been added to the Arkansas Register of Historic Places as of this month. According to the nomination form, “The property is representative of small, rural African-American churches and cemeteries in the South, and is roughly two acres in size.” The nomination goes on to say, “Buried within the confines of the cemetery are some of the early-freed men and women to settle in this part of Jefferson County. There are twelve marked burials within the cemetery, which all took place between 1904 and 1929, but there are an unknown number of unmarked graves on the site as well.”


The Joe Marsh Clark House, Fayetteville (Washington County), was originally tapped as a Arkansas Register property but the State Review Board felt the submission was strong enough to move forward for National Register consideration. Notably, the Joe Marsh Clark House was designed and constructed by renowned architect Euine Fay Jones between 1959 and 1961. According to the nomination, “The design of the house reflects the philosophy and principles of organic design that characterized Fay Jones’s architectural career. The design also reflects his focus on details that fit within the overall design aesthetic of each project and the beauty of native natural materials nestled within the Arkansas landscape, a consideration especially important for the Clarks, who were passionate about understanding and preserving the right natural heritage of the Ozarks.”


The additional properties which will be considered for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places include:

Downs Historic District, Little Rock, Pulaski County

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Little Rock, Pulaski

Alexander House, Little Rock, Pulaski County

Maumelle River Bridge, Natural Steps (vicinity), Pulaski County

Bennett House, Benton, Saline County

Lano Gymnasium, Lano, Hot Spring County

Ellis Williamson House, Brinkley, Monroe County

Patteson House, Jonesboro, Craighead County

Lee Grocery Store, Elaine, Phillips County

Dante House, Dumas, Desha County

Mountain Home Cemetery Historic Section, Mountain Home, Baxter County

John G. Williams House #2, Fayetteville, Washington County

“I was very proud of the passion for preservation displayed by residents of Elaine during the nomination process for the Lee Grocery,” said Stacy Hurst, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks Heritage and Tourism and the State Historic Perseveration Officer. “The structure was built around 1915 and is possibly the oldest surviving commercial structure in that city. It is now owned by Waves of Prayer, a 501c3 that hopes to restore the structure and create a museum and visitor center.”


The State Review Board is made up of Chair Dr. Ann Early of Fayetteville, Vice-Chair Bob Kempkes of Hot Springs, Dr. Rodney Harris of Walnut Ridge, Carl Miller, Jr, of Little Rock, Kelsey Bardwell of Harrison, and Rachel Golden of Little Rock. The group meets three times a year to consider nominations. The AHPP staff works with those making submissions throughout the year. Criteria for nominations can be found on the AHPP’s website at


AHPP is the division of Arkansas Heritage 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.




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