Texarkana Church seeks permission to demolish historic house in downtown

TEXARKANA, Ark. (KTAL / KMSS) – The Beech Street Baptist Church has approached the Historic District Commission for permission to demolish the Claude Foulke House on Pecan Street.

HDC officials say the house was built in 1905. Beech Street Baptist Church officials say the house was bought back in the 1980s to be used for events. It was not used as much as they hoped.

“It was not a quick decision, it was an established group that studied this and came up with the recommendation they made,” said Beech Street Baptist Church representative David Walker.

The church held a real estate sale in 2019 to prepare for possible demolition, selling exterior items like doors and windows that the commission said violated the ordinance.

“We only have four Commissioners left. We lost two of them because of this thing. This problem. This house, they felt it was such a tasty attempt to exercise the ordinances of the city and this commission that they wondered why we exist even if people are going to do things like that, ”said the commissioner Danny Gordon.

No vote was taken on this question. The commission said it would discuss the request at the next meeting scheduled for June 16.