Save Our Armory!
Pam Hamilton, Clarksville City Planning Commissioner and co-founder of Save Our Armory.org.
The Save Our Armory campaign began on February 29, 2016. We selected "leap day" because we are undertaking a great leap of faith to save an important part of our community's history and heritage.
When The Clarksville City Council reversed it's decision to apply for an Arkansas Historic Preservation Program grant and motioned for demolition, we knew we had to take action - FAST!
The armory has fallen into disrepair since being given to the City of Clarksville in the 1970's due to lack of maintenance.
We started an online petition and began a social media campaign. Soon we learned that the interest in this issue was widespread, not just local.
5 News KFSM in Fort Smith, AR picked up our story and the public reacted in a big and positive way!
The armory is located next door to the historic University of the Ozarks in a historic residential neighborhood close to Historic Downtown Clarksville, AR.
Losing this iconic landmark when restoration funds are available through a number of grants, would have a devastating effect on the hundreds of people who have already signed the petition, the historic heritage of Clarksville, and would be detrimental to the flavor of the surrounding residential neighborhood.
On May 6, 2016, a tarp was placed on the roof to prevent further damage, and on May 12, 2012, Preserve Arkansas named the Clarksville Historic Armory/Alston Center one of The Seven to Save in their annual Most Endangered Places list.
Embracing the history and culture of Clarksville is a key part of the city's comprehensive plan.
Learn more about the early history of this iconic building here.
Join us in our journey to save and preserve OUR ARMORY!