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‘Sandwiching in History Tour to visit NLR “O’Kelley House

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s next “Sandwiching in History” tour will visit the Columbus Owen O’Kelley House at 413 West 5th St. in North Little Rock at noon on Friday, May 2.
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s next “Sandwiching in History” tour will visit the Columbus Owen O’Kelley House at 413 West 5th St. in North Little Rock at noon on Friday, May 2.

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s next “Sandwiching in History” tour will visit the Columbus Owen O’Kelley House at 413 West 5th St. in North Little Rock at noon on Friday, May 2, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced recently.

Located in the Argenta Historic District, the Columbus Owen O’Kelley House is an American Foursquare built in 1919 by O’Kelley, a timekeeper for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. He and his wife, Grace Pyles O’Kelley, raised nine children in the home.

Beginning in the 1930s, O’Kelley held a series of jobs at Fones Brothers Hardware and Sears, Roebuck & Company. In 1938 most of the O’Kelley family moved to Conway. The property was used as a boarding house until the late 1960s or early ‘70s and deteriorated considerably. Gary and Ann Clements purchased the home in 1995 from Owen O’Kelley’s grandson and began a huge rehabilitation project.

“In the end, the front porch and most of the home’s interior were entirely rebuilt based on historic photographs and evidence of the original floor plan,” said McSwain.

The “Sandwiching in History” tour series targets Pulaski County structures and sites. The noontime series includes a brief lecture and tour of the subject property. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches with them.

Other 2014 “Sandwiching in History” tours will be held June 6, Barney L. Elias House, 335 Goshen Ave., North Little Rock; July 11, George Dickinson House, 515 West 15th St., Little Rock; Aug. 1, Old North Little Rock Post Office, 420 Main St., North Little Rock; Sept. 5, Rozelle-Murphy House, 1301 Scott St,, Little Rock; Oct. 3, Augustus Lane House, 3617 Ridge Road, North Little Rock; Nov. 7, Roundtop Filling Station, Trammel and Roundtop Road, Sherwood; and Dec. 5, Joseph W. House House, 2126 South Arch St., Little Rock.

All tours are free and open to the public. For information, call the AHPP at 324-9880, write the agency at 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201, send an e-mail message to info@arkansaspreservation.org, or visit www.arkansaspreservation.org.

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