Winter is the perfect time to explore the natural stone shelters where native Arkansans once lived
Preserve Arkansas, the statewide nonprofit formerly known as the Arkansas Historic Preservation Alliance, has released its annual list of Arkansas's Most Endangered Places — places with historic and architecturally significant features that are deteriorating or otherwise being neglected or in danger of demolition or being inappropriately developed. Preserve Arkansas also once again billed the George Mann-designed Worthen Bank/KATV building, which could figure into the evolving plans of the Little Rock Technology Park, as "One Worth Watching." The Mosaic State Temple Building, the former state headquarters of the Mosaic Templars fraternal organization, got the same designation. It's for sale and would be a fitting addition to the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center next door, but the state has been unwilling to purchase it.
Goodwin Field Terminal
El Dorado, Union County
Built in 1948
The El Dorado Airport Commission has already approved demolition of this hybrid Art Deco/Art Moderne air terminal, which is in need of repairs and updates. The final decision rests with the El Dorado City Council.
Uniontown, Crawford County
This home, located near the Oklahoma border, was built in phases, first as a rectangular single-story. Later, a new owner added three rooms, one and a half stories, a cross-gable roof and a wraparound porch. The Marshall family, which acquired the house in 1918, added yet another porch. Marshall descendants want to preserve the house, but need help.
Little Rock, Pulaski County
Gloria Ray, one of the Little Rock Nine, grew up here as the daughter of the first two African-American employees of the Arkansas Agricultural Extension Service. Two adjacent homes have been demolished and the Ray House has been vacant for many years.
Sweet Home Chapel
Mount Ida vicinity, Montgomery County
The roof and foundation have deteriorated on this 100-year-old chapel. Its owners hope to preserve it, but lack the required resources.
Warren and Ouachita Depot
Warren, Bradley County
This rail depot was served by the shortline Warren and Ouachita Valley Railway, which carried logs, lumber and passengers. Deeded to the city in 2014, the long-inactive building has been vandalized and much of it has rotted. The local Chamber of Commerce would like to restore it, but funds are limited.
Union Chapel Community Center
Springfield, Conway County
This stone-clad building in Conway County started its life as a three-teacher school associated with Union Chapel, a church founded just after the Civil War by African Americans. Later, it hosted picnics, fish fries and such as a community center. It's since fallen into disrepair.
National Guard Armory (Sonny Alston Youth Center)
Clarksville, Johnson County
After the Clarksville City Council voted not to pursue funding through the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to maintain this armory-turned-youth center, public outcry encouraged the mayor to appoint a committee to study funding options.