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V. C. Kays House

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City/County/Congressional District: Jonesboro , Craighead County (District 1 )
Location Class: Residential
Year Built: 1910
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places 2014
Status: Restored


The Victor C. Kays House was built by the first president of Arkansas State University. He and his family occupied the stylized English Tudor house during and after his tenure as president of ASU from 1910-1943. In 2004, ASU purchased the house from the Kays Foundation to use as temporary employee housing. ASU announced plans in 2012 to construct a row of sorority houses on the site, demolishing the Kays House for parking. Significant opposition arose to this plan, primarily from the school’s own Heritage Studies program. Through their efforts, they were able to save the house from demolition by the university and the sorority row was built around the Kays House. It is currently used to house the Heritage Sites program and staff.