Little Rock Central High restores historic front doors | Arkansas Blog

Little Rock Central High restores historic front doors


  • Brian Chilson
Little Rock Central High School's iconic front doors were removed this week so that they could be shipped to Kansas City, Mo., where they will be completely restored, Central High principal Nancy Rousseau reports.

"Temporary doors are being put in place. It will take 3-4 months. They are being sent to Kansas City, Missouri. It is my understanding that this is one of two places in the US that does this kind of work. The doors were cracking, dry etc. One day I went outside and a piece of the door was on the ground. I super glued it back and reached out to the National Park Service for assistance. They called in their experts and along with the LRSD, the $150,000 project emerged and the cost is being shared."

Central, the only fully functioning high school to be established as a National Historic Site, was completed in 1927. At the time, the New York Times called it the most expensive school ever built in the U.S., according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas. It was also called "America's Most Beautiful High School" by the National Institute of Architects. 

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