Courthouse and Historic Preservation Restoration Grant

Courthouse and Historic Preservation Restoration Grant
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Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
Wednesday, June 19th 2024
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Grants encourage and promote preservation ofArkansas’ historic courthouses

LITTLE ROCK— Arkansas Historic Preservation Program announces the fiscal year 2024 Courthouse and Historic Preservation Restoration Grants.

“Working to save the special places that tell the story of Arkansas and that serve her people is a job we take seriously at Arkansas Heritage,” said Marty Ryall, director of Arkansas Heritage. “I appreciate the work from the applicants, their committees and teams of experts, and our grant selection committee. It’s an honor to award this money each year and rewarding to see the progress photos and reports that come into our office throughout the process. The real winners in all of this are the citizens of our state.”

The County Courthouse Restoration Grant is an annual grant that has existed since 1988. It is funded primarily by an annual grant to the AHPP by the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC) using Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT) funds. The purpose of the County Courthouse Restoration Grant program is to encourage and promote the preservation and continued use of Arkansas’ historic courthouses by providing financial assistance for restoration, selected maintenance, and accessibility projects.

This year, $4,013,676.04 in grant funding was awarded to 30 recipients.


The courthouse recipients, the proposed projects and the award amounts are:

  • Arkansas County; DeWitt; repoint mortar joints/lg crack in pre-cast stone entrance, restore wood windows on three floors; $99,153.60.
  • Bradley County; Warren; wood window repairs, interior plaster repairs, decorative metal cornice repair, and painting; $111,000.
  • Calhoun County; Hampton; roof replacement/dormer repair and painting, repair metal cornice and painting, interior plaster repairs and painting; $101,500.
  • Carroll County; Berryville; bell tower tuckpointing, bell tower windows, replace deteriorated mortar joints, chimney removal; $183,720.
  • Chicot County; Lake Village; restore the exterior brick veneer on the north side of building; $116,400.
  • Cleveland County; Rison; wood window repairs and painting, clock tower roof repairs, masonry wall restoration; $183,900.
  • Columbia County; Magnolia; replace up to 28 windows; $60,000.
  • Dallas County; Fordyce; wood window repairs, interior plaster repairs, and painting; $60,500.
  • Desha County; Arkansas City; restore exterior brick masonry by repointing missing mortar joints and repainting masonry; $140,000.
  • Drew County; Monticello; construct two ADA-compliant restrooms on the ground floor; $146,825.
  • Franklin County; Charleston; condition assessment/master plan; $20,000.
  • Garland County; Hot Springs; repair cracked terra cotta units on remaining four upper sections requiring repairs; $165,000.
  • Hempstead County; Hope; roof replacement; $264,800.
  • Lafayette County; Lewisville; door repair, investigate water infiltration around door, and master plan; $80,000.
  • Little River County; Ashdown; replace gutter system; $100,000.
  • Logan County; Booneville; complete restoration of the south side steps and landing; $171,281.6.
  • Marion County; Yellville; repair termite damage to windows; condition assessment/master plan; $45,000.
  • Miller County; Texarkana; repoint exterior limestone and brick facades of the first to third floors of courthouse; $300,160.
  • Monroe County; Clarendon; restore six historic double-hung wood windows on the first floor; $56,044.80.
  • Montgomery County; Mount Ida; ADA accessible sidewalks and courtroom restoration; $119,270.4.
  • Ouachita County; Camden; window repairs, interior plaster repairs and painting; $46,000.
  • Phillips County; Helena; replace all individual HVAC units supported by the building’s Central Plant; $282,728.
  • Pike County; Murfreesboro; condition assessment/master plan; $20,000.
  • Randolph County; Pocahontas; repointing exterior masonry; $80,000.
  • Saline County; Benton; roof replacement, gutters, and downspouts; $216,060.
  • Sebastian County; Fort Smith; condition assessment/master plan; $20,000.
  • Union County; El Dorado; main roof replacement, limestone repair/tuckpointing on S and E facades, atrium skylight plaster repairs, atrium skylight repairs; $413,000.
  • Woodruff County; Augusta; replace integral metal gutter, remove/replace plaster, and wood paneling in second-floor courtroom, repair/replace wood window trim; $119,192.64.
  • Yell County; Dardanelle; new ADA restrooms; $194,000.


The purpose of the Historic Preservation and Restoration Grant program is to encourage and promote the preservation of Arkansas’s historic resources by providing financial assistance for the restoration of historic properties. The program is financed through proceeds of the Real Estate Transfer Tax.

This year, $975,900 in grant funding was awarded to 26 deserving HPRG recipients. The amount of funding fluctuates each year depending on the taxes collected.

The Historic Preservation and Restoration Grant recipients, the proposed projects and award amounts are:

  • Booneville First United Methodist Church; Booneville, Logan County; Booneville Methodist Episcopal Church South: repair water-damaged plaster in sanctuary; $14,400.
  • Bradley County Historical Museum; Warren, Bradley County; Dr. John W. Martin House: replace deteriorating wood siding and paint exterior; $25,900.
  • City of Blytheville; Mississippi County; Historic Kress Building: tuckpointing, sealing, and terra cotta repair; $53,333.33.
  • City of Crossett; Ashley County; Crossett Municipal Auditorium: replace package unit to supply conditioned air to half of the auditorium (Phase 2); $96,912.
  • City of Des Arc; Prairie County; American Legion Hut: Remove deteriorated chinking on exterior of structure, window restoration; $24,886.
  • City of Fort Smith; Sebastian County; River Front Hotel and/or Commercial Hotel: prep, prime paint exterior trim, molding, and siding, and install new weather barrier; $52,481.33.
  • City of Glenwood; Pike County; Glenwood Iron Mountain Railroad Depot: clean, sand, caulk, and paint the exterior of the building, addition of insulation in the attic; $12,000.
  • City of Little Rock; Pulaski County; Curran Hall: new below grade drainage and paint/prep windows; $10,066.67.
  • City of Menifee; Conway County; Menifee Gymnasium: demolish annex building, replace windows, repair/replace stone cladding covered by annex; $14,000.
  • City of Monticello; Drew County; Monticello Post Office: replace membrane roof; $59,492.
  • City of Nashville; Howard County; 45 Legion Hut: replace roof, replace/repair 13 wooden windows, replace/repair 13 interior and exterior wooden windowsills, paint exterior eves, doors, windows, and trim, repair front steps with new concrete glaze; $20,000.
  • Des Arc Public Schools; Des Arc, Prairie County; Des Arc High School Home Economics Building: upgrade mechanical, electrical, and plumbing, 2 split-system mechanical units, install 2 new ADA restrooms, repair/replace damaged wood trim and paint all exposed exterior wood and stucco; $100,000.
  • Dunbar/Horace Mann Archives and Building Project; Little Rock, Pulaski County; Scipio A. Jones House: restoration of existing concrete roof tile finish and roof framing; $51,333.
  • Fayetteville Evergreen Cemetery Association; Fayetteville, Washington County; Fayetteville Evergreen Cemetery: stabilize, restore and repair retaining walls and borders around seven family lots; $9,999.
  • First Missionary Baptist Church; Little Rock, Pulaski County; First Missionary Baptist Church: replace roof on main building; $50,968.
  • Fort Smith Heritage Foundation; Fort Smith, Sebastian County; The Clayton House / Fort Smith Heritage Foundation: replace roof; $85,895.22.
  • Hamburg Economic Development; Hamburg, Ashley County; Hamburg Presbyterian Church: paint exterior and replace front stained-glass window; $22,020.
  • Helena Museum of Phillips County; Helena, Phillips County; Helena Library and Museum: repair water damage and prevent future water entry at the third story crown, line gutters and add downspout; $38,866.67.
  • Historic Cane Hill; Lincoln, Washington County; John Edmiston House: repair two interior beams and one sill beam; $49,340.29.
  • Howard County Historical Society; Nashville, Howard County; 1912 Presbyterian Church: repair/replace tower castle top boxes, molding, pine siding with/ original cut wood, vent louvres, east window trim, corner face boards, porch posts, timber framework, paint belltower, trim, and window frames; $20,000.
  • Lono-Rolla Community Center, Inc.; Leola, Hot Spring County; Lono Gymnasium: paint exterior and replace deteriorated pieces of siding, replace two existing heating and air conditioning units; $27,866.67.
  • Michael Rogers Designs LLC/City of El Dorado; Union County; El Dorado Municipal Building: condition assessment/master plan; $20,000.
  • Old Independence Regional Museum; Batesville, Independence County; National Guard Armory: repair, replace, seal and paint windows; $10,080.
  • Prairie County Historical Center, Inc.; Hazen, Prairie County; Kocourek & Son Hardware: restore eight historic double-hung wood windows on second floor south elevation, remove wood flooring and floor joists from the west side of first floor to install drainage fill and piping to exterior, sump pump; $49,970.82.
  • Shiloh Museum of Ozark History; Springdale, Washington County; Smith-Searcy House: repair chimney masonry, replace flashings, replace roof; $44,089.
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church; Batesville, Independence County; St. Paul's Episcopal Church: repair/stabilize a portion of one of two heavy timber trusses supporting main roof; $12,000.


To learn more about the application process for AHPP-awarded grants, visit For more information about Courthouse and Historic Preservation Restoration Grants, please contact Heather Carter, Grants Administrator, at 501-324-9883.


Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) is an agency of Arkansas Heritage responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Arkansas Heritage is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism
The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism protects and promotes our state’s natural, cultural and historic assets, contributing to a thriving economy and high quality of life. It is made up of three divisions: Arkansas State Parks, Arkansas Heritage and Arkansas Tourism.

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