Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 14, 1974 · Page 7
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July 14, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 7

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Northwest Arkansas .1 iMfcS, · Sun., July 14, 1974 FAYETTEVILLE. ARKANSAS MAR 1.1911: NO AUTOMATION USED HERB SEPT. 1, 1909: EXCAVATION TAKES SHAPE AFTER SITE PREPARATION COMPLETED The Birth Of A Building In 1900 EDITOR'S NOTE: Hare indeed Is a complete pictorial history o[ a building, from the excavation through the entire construction, hut such is the documentation of the.old post office on the square. The series of pictures was made available to the TIMES by Postmaster Herman Tuck. The pictures are also of in terest because they picture the square ns It was in 15091911. The series Includes photos taken from various vantage points on the first of each month during the two- year construction period. By PAT DON AT TIMES Staff writer The fate 1 of the post 'office building'"on the Fayettevillc Square may be determined at a meeting at 7:30 p.m. July 22 at Central Fire Station. The question of whether it will be "converted to a'city hall or razed for the Urban Renewal · park concept, may result in a stand-off with Urban. Renewal maintaining !he position it can be purchased for $235,400 and ' t h e city saying this '· ·-""- nomically unfeasible. Earlier this spring a group of citizens banded together to make a last ditch effort to save the building. Preservation ef- ' foris rarely are undertaken without the immediate threat of the bulldozer and preservationists traditionally wage last ditch stands. · The July 22 meeting is the result of a petition drive signec by some 5,000 residents asking officials to consider modifi cation of the Urban Henewa plan which calls for demolition ·of the 20th century building. ; S t e r l i n g Cockrill, acting director of the Arkansas Office of Housing and Urban Develop- .ment (HUD), city officials, and the Fayetleville Housing Au t h o r i t y commissioners a n expected meeting. Frank Sharp, chairman of the Square Renewal Committee of Downtown Fayelteville Unlimited, urges interested pel-sons to attend the public meeting. Discussion of a post office for Fayetteville apparenty began n t h e ' f a l l of 1906 for it was at that time the city petitioned Washington County Court to appoint commissioners to convey Block 27, (the public square on the original town plat). Samuel E. Marrs, M. W. McRoy, L. A. Carter and John Neely were appointed commissioners and on Dec. 10, 1906 they were ordered "to convey to the U.S. of America all o tfhe right, title and claim of'l cv:nty to the par-. el of land "known as the pubic square in the city ofjFayeUe- ville". The court order, con- ·eying the Square to 'federal government also said the pro- jerty described was "to be hereafter used as a government building site". This wording was not included in the warranty deeds MAR. 19~ 1939: POST OFFICE PICTURED AFTER IT WAS IN USE FOR TWO DECADES made by the city of Fayetteville and Washington County to the U.S. Government. The deeds executed by the two governmental bodies are identical and read "to the only proper use, benefit and behoof of the United States of America and its assigns forever." Each deed was given in the consideration of fity cents. The deeds were executed March 1, 1907 and its was a year later, on May 18, 1908 that bids for the construction · were advertised by James Knox Taylor, supervising architect. The building is said to have been rejected at a cost of $60,000 and work started around July 1009. Two years later the post office was moved to · the building and the news account heralding the new building said, "While it may not be a thing of beauty and joy forever, yet it is a building of good appearance, substantially constructed AUG. 1, ,1910: WALLS BEGIN TO RISE UNDER TALL SHADE TREES ^ . " - " , ~. - - , . * l »i fe.-^ r -X*-^y*f%Sv«^ .Srv/r-" * V«- ·^·K-' 5V"~- t,~. " - ' - '^*J~*1 '-jf^- · FEB. 1, 1910: FOUNDATION RISES OUT OF GROUND FEB. 1, 1911: FRONT ENTRANCE AND ROOK TAKE SHAPE

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