Five New National Register Listings

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program - Wednesday, February 05, 2020


Five new properties and one new historic district are now part of the National Register of Historic Places. The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) approved these locations in December 2019 and received notification of their approval by the National Park Service in late January.

The properties include:

  • Bennett House, Benton, Saline County- Built in 1904, the Bennett House along First Street was constructed in the Folk Victorian style and features many of the characteristics of this style, including elaborate siding, a front-facing gable with a wing and an elaborate porch.
  • Dante House, Dumas, Desha County- Built between 1964 and 1965, the Dante House is located at the southeast corner of Court Street and Puryear Street. The house has outstanding integrity from the time of its construction in 1965 since it was continuously owned and occupied by the Dante Family until the current owner bought the house in 2018.
  • Lono Gymnasium, Lono, Hot Spring County- Built in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Lono Gymnasium is located at 11702 Highway 222 in the community of Lono, approximately 12 miles south of Malvern. The building was the gymnasium for the Lono School, and basketball was played for the first time in the new gym in 1939.
  • Maumelle River Bridge, Natural Steps vic., Pulaski County- Located where Old Highway 300 crosses over the Maumelle River, the Maumelle River Bridge is approximately half amile southwest of the town of Natural Steps and was originally built in 1920.
  • Patteson House, Jonesboro, Craighead County- Located on approximately five acres to the southeast of Jonesboro at 2801 Harrisburg Road, the Patteson House was built in 1961-1962 and designed in the Mid-Century Modern style by Arkansas architect F. Eugene Withrow.

Additionally, a historic district was created:

  • Downs Historic District, Little Rock, Pulaski County- The district consists of the main Downs House, eleven small cottages and their associated carports, and a community swimming pool, all of which were built during the latter half of the 1960s and early 1970s in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood. Although built over a period of about six years, the houses were all designed by architect Lawrence Downs of Kansas City, Missouri, allowing the district to have a very cohesive character and design.

To receive the honor of recognition on the National Register, properties must show that they contribute to our country’s history and heritage by completing application first to their State Review Board and then on the federal level through the National Park Service, which maintains the National Register of Historic Places. Nomination can include sites, buildings, structures, objects, or districts that have integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association and fit one criteria as detailed at on our website.

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) is the agency of Arkansas Heritage responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other divisions are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives. Arkansas Heritage is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.




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