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Historic Alliance lists endangered buildings

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REPRIEVE: Kays House has a year.
  • Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas
  • REPRIEVE: Kays House at ASU has a year to be saved.

Each May, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas releases its list of the most endangered places in the state.

It doesn't mean necessarily that each faces the wrecking ball shortly. But each is a historic property that, without action, will eventually be lost.

This year's list includes many of the state's courthouses, with long-deferred maintenance; schools built by Julius Rosenwald of the Sears fortune for black children; the Palace Theater in Benton; the Medical Arts building in Hot Springs and more.

Pictured is the Victor Kays House, built for the president of Arkansas State University and slated for demolition to make room for new sorority houses. Its destruction has been stayed by the university for a year to see if a private fund drive can raise enough money to preserve it.

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