Most Endangered Places

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Arkansas’s Most Endangered Places Program was started in 1999 to raise awareness of the importance of Arkansas’s historic properties and the dangers they face. The list is updated each year to generate discussion and support for saving these places that matter to Arkansas.

The Arkansas’s Most Endangered Historic Places list highlights historically and architecturally significant properties throughout the state that are facing threats such as deterioration, neglect, insufficient funds, insensitive public policy, and inappropriate development. Preserve Arkansas solicited nominations from residents and organizations across Arkansas.
 
Preserve Arkansas’s 2019 Most Endangered Places list includes a Rosenwald School, rural churches that are the linchpins of their respective communities, commercial buildings with ties to Arkansas’s Jewish and Chinese merchants, one of the state’s last motion picture palaces, and the home of a well-known African American attorney and civic leader.
For a full list of all properties listed on Most Endangered Places, click HERE (will download an Excel file).

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Seven to Save: The 2019 List of Arkansas's Most Endangered Places

Adler Building, Batesville, Independence County An 1881 commercial building constructed by Jewish merchant Simon Adler. The back wall recently collapsed, making traditional financing options for rehabilitation difficult to secure.
Chu Building, Forrest City, St. Francis County A ca. 1915 building that housed a Chinese grocery and an African American theater. Fundraising is needed to convert it into a multicultural museum and archives facility.
Emmet United Methodist Church, Emmet, Nevada County 1917 Colonial Revival-style church that serves a small but devoted congregation. The church has applied for a grant to stabilize the building, but additional fundraising is necessary.
Scipio A. Jones House, Little Rock, Pulaski County The 1928 home of Scipio Jones, prominent African American attorney and civic leader. The home is unsecured and in poor condition. It is currently for sale and eligible for historic tax credits.
Malvern Rosenwald School, Malvern, Hot Spring County A 1929 school for African Americans built with assistance from the Julius Rosenwald Fund. The building is vacant, and deterioration has now reached a critical point.
Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church & Cemetery, Marvell, Phillips County A 1957 church built to replace an earlier structure, with an adjacent cemetery containing historic burials. The Mt. Olive Church and Cemetery are dear to this rural farming community, but structural and safety issues need to be resolved to keep the location viable.
Saenger Theater, Pine Bluff, Jefferson County A 1924 motion picture palace, one of the last of its kind in Arkansas. Groups have tried to restore the theater in the past, but it has been vacant for a decade. The restoration of the theater has the potential to play an integral role in the revitalization of downtown Pine Bluff.

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