ANCRC grant to help ATU modernize Caraway Hall

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Arkansas Technical University will perform exterior renovations to Caraway Residence Hall with the help of an $857,492 grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC).

ANCRC funds will allow ATU to replace the decking and roof tiles of Caraway Hall. ATU is committing matching funds in the amount of $218,730 to finance the repair and replacement of doors and windows.

“Arkansas Tech University is grateful to the ANCRC for its continued partnership in preserving historic structures on our Russellville campus,” said Dr. Robin E. Bowen, President of ATU. “This grant will help ensure that one of ATU’s most visible buildings will retain its beauty and functionality through a second century of service.”

Caraway Hall opened in March 1935. A federal grant from the Public Works Administration helped make the Colonial-style structure possible. The building was named in memory of the late Senator Thaddeus H. Caraway and opened in October 1935. Caraway’s widow, Senator Hattie W. Caraway, spoke at the dedication.

Caraway Hall was named to the National Register of Historic Places on September 10, 1992. Today, it serves as sorority housing for 88 ATU students each semester.

According to its website, the ANCRC was created by the Arkansas Legislature in 1987 by Arkansas Act 729 (now codified as Arkansas Code Annotated 15-12-101 through 15-12-103) . The act established the ANCRC to administer and oversee grants and a trust fund for the acquisition, management, and stewardship of state-owned properties acquired or used for purposes approved by the ANCRC.

The grants are funded by the state real estate transfer tax. The ANCRC consists of eleven voting members. Grants from this fund are for projects that protect and maintain state-owned natural areas, historic sites, and outdoor recreation.

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