It's official, Palace named to state's historic places

The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program listed three Arkansas properties – including the Palace Theatre in Benton – on the Arkansas Register of Historic Places when it met Wednesday, Director Frances McSwain announced.

The board also nominated eight Arkansas properties for the National Register of Historic Places.
The 1919 Palace Theatre is located at 224 W. South St. in Benton. Extensive alterations to the building preclude its listing on the National Register.

“The Palace Theatre is historically significant for its associations with the entertainment and recreational development of Benton in the early 20th century,” according to the Arkansas Register nomination. “Although the Palace Theatre was only in business a few years, the other theaters that occupied the space along with the later Play Palace illustrate that having places for recreation and entertainment was an important part of life in Benton.”

The board also listed Redbug Field at Fordyce in Dallas County and Langley Gymnasium at Langley in Pike County on the Arkansas Register of Historic Places. The Arkansas Register recognizes historically noteworthy places that are not eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Properties nominated to the National Register are Heagler House and Duffy House at North Little Rock in Pulaski County, Sid Hutcheson Building at Norfork in Baxter County, Redfield School Historic District at Redfield in Jefferson County, Carnahan House at Pine Bluff in Jefferson County, U.S. 64 Horsehead Creek Bridge at Hartman in Johnson County, Harold Adams Office Building at Fort Smith in Sebastian County and Beaver Spring at Beaver in Carroll County.

For more information on the National Register of Historic Places program, write the AHPP at 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201; call the agency at (501) 324-9880 [TDD 501-324-9811]; send e-mail to; or visit

The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency that identifies, evaluates, registers and preserves the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Delta Cultural Center, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.