The University of Arkansas at Monticello has been awarded two grants totaling more than $679,000 to fund restoration projects on two university-owned, historic properties, the 1937 Faculty House on the UAM campus and the Trotter House on North Main Street in Monticello.
The grants, awarded by the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, are funded through the state’s real estate transfer tax.
The Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council awarded UAM $211,077 to fund the first phase of a two-phase project for the exterior restoration and interior demolition of the 1937 Faculty House on the UAM campus.
The grant money will be used to restore the exterior structure, including the installation of a new roof and repairs to existing gutters, downspouts, masonry, and wood. The carport addition will be removed, and the original side porch will be reconstructed. In the interior, the added bathroom in the rear of the house will be removed and the rear entry will be restored.
The house was built in 1937 and served as faculty housing until 2018. It has remained unoccupied since then. The structure, designed by Little Rock architect A.N. McAninch, is an early example of the Art Moderne style in Southeast Arkansas and is largely unchanged from its original construction. It is the last remaining structure from the original faculty village and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
The Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council also awarded UAM $468,249 to fund repairs to the UAM-owned Trotter House in Monticello. Repairs of historic exterior elements will include stained glass windows, soffits, porch railings, porch flooring, siding, and trim. After repairs are completed, the entire exterior will be cleaned and repainted with a historically accurate color scheme.
The Trotter House operates as a bed and breakfast and provides learning opportunities for UAM students in the hospitality program. Built-in 1896, the Eastlake-style house was owned by prominent banker V.J. Trotter and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
“The Trotter House serves as an anchor for the downtown historic district of Monticello,” said Monticello Mayor Paige Chase. “UAM does an excellent job of managing this asset, which functions as a point of convergence for many downtown parades and events, bringing residents together to build community.”
UAM Chancellor Dr. Peggy Doss said the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council’s support of the 1937 Faculty House and Trotter House restoration projects will ensure that the properties are restored for the benefit of the community. “UAM is proud to serve as a steward of these properties, which stand as reminders of the impressive architectural legacy of Monticello and the broader region. We offer our thanks to the ANCRC and look forward to continuing this relationship in the future,” she said.