Work in Progress

Three stories about the past, present and future of historic preservation

When a house goes up there’s an expectation and assumption that it’ll stand—that it’ll be there for years to come, covering and sheltering the people who call it home, a blank slate capable of being imbued with memories and stories and personal significance. But of course, no matter the love and care devoted to their construction and maintenance, these places don’t last forever. As the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act approaches later this year, we’re telling three stories of three Little Rock houses with three different outcomes. And although there’s so much to each of these—and it’s so, so important to stress that these structures are just three examples of manifold outcomes and scenarios—they’re still reminders that a place doesn’t necessarily have to fall or be saved or be in limbo. Because a house is only as stable as the people who build it—and the people who help it continue to stand

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