Fayetteville Home, Fort Smith Church Considered For Nomination To National Historic Register

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is considering a home in Fayetteville and a Fort Smith church, as well as 11 other properties, for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

The home in Fayetteville is known as the "Dr. James Patrick" house and was designed by famous Fayetteville architect Ernie Jacks. Ernie Jacks graduated from the University of Arkansas and was a close classmate and colleague of Fay Jones, who the U of A School of Architecture is now named after.

First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fort Smith.

First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fort Smith.

According to the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the home, which is on the east side of Mount Sequoyah, is an important example of mid-century modern residential architecture and has local significance. The house was built in 1964.

Debbie and Gary Whicker bought it 12 years ago. The couple calls it a hidden jewel.

When they found out it had been designed by Jacks, they invited the architect and his wife to have dinner with them.

The home has large spaces, vaulted ceilings and walls of windows. It is currently on the market for about $975,000.

The First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fort Smith is also on the nomination list. According to the church's website, the congregation began in 1869 worshiping in a small frame church building. By 1901, they had raised enough money for a new church and the building that now stands at North 12th and D Streets was dedicated in 1904. The church is built in Gothic style of white limestone.

The other sites on the list include:

  • Cumberland Towers, Fred W. Parris Towers, Jesse Powell Towers, Darragh Building and Isaac Homard House in Little Rock in Pulaski County
  • Aristocrat Hotel in Hot Springs in Garland County
  • Lake Catherine State Park Prisoner of War Structures in Hot Spring County
  • Federal Building, U.S. Post Office and Courthouse in Pine Bluff in Jefferson County
  • Brinkley Concrete Streets in Brinkley in Monroe County
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church in Camden in Ouachita County
  • Minaret Manor in Osceola in Mississippi County

The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will consider the properties when it meets Dec. 7 in Little Rock.