We reported Thursday a National Park Service grant of almost $500,000 for a project at Little Rock Central High School.

The city of Little Rock, which applied for the grant in cooperation with the Little Rock School District, has provided more details.


The grant will restore the exterior of the high school, where civil rights history was made in 1957 with desegregation, over the resistance of Gov. Orval Faubus, aided by federal court and U.S. troops. The $499,372.56 comes from a program aimed at preserving and highlighting civil rights stories.

Said a city release:


A historic structures report conducted by restoration architect John Greer of Witsell, Evans, Rasco found that repairs were needed to prevent water damage to the exterior to the structure, which was built in 1927. The front steps, terrace and parapets on the north and south wings will be restored, repaired and reinforced. Work will include the installation of a waterproof membrane, the protection of the building envelope and the resealing of parapet caps. All work will be done in accordance with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Grants in the program included almost $500,000 for work on the Dreamland Ballroom in historic Taborian Hall, the only remaining significant structure in what was once the city’s prime African-American business district.