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1517667 820299231329769 325264160 nThe Osceola Historic District Commission is in place to ensure the preservation of historic buildings related to the history of Osceola, Arkansas. The Commission operates on grant funds from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program in collaboration with Main Street Arkansas, both affiliated with the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

The Commission operates on grant funds from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program in collaboration with Main Street Arkansas, both affiliated with the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

The Osceola Historic District is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that oversees historic downtown Osceola, Arkansas.  Our primary goal is to ensure the preservation and integrity of the district.

2014 Osceola Historic District Commission Board

  • Glynda Thompson, Chairperson
  • Dr. L.B. Keller, Vice Chairperson
  • Susan Prewitt-Fetsch
  • Sylvia Prewitt
  • Lib Shippen
  • Nancy Zenanko
  • Reid Fergus
  • Dr. Joe Thomas
  • Robert Zenanko

The board members of the Osceola, Arkansas Historic District are appointed by the Mayor.
Patricia Blick, Certified Local Government Coordinator with the Department of Arkansas Heritage, oversees the commission.

The Historic Resources of Osceola, Arkansas was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.  Within this designation are fourteen individual buildings and a district comprised of six buildings on the south side of the 200 block of West Hale Avenue and the Mississippi County Courthouse.

The City of Osceola established the Osceola Historic District and its related commission in 1998.  The Commission was created of the essence to ensure the preservation of historic buildings related to the city of Osceola, Arkansas.

The district was created upon the boundaries of the Hale Avenue Historic District as listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  However, in 2004, the National Register expanded the boundaries to include additional historic resources in downtown Osceola.  The expansion received strong affirmative recommendations from both the Osceola Planning Commission and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

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Properties on the National Register of Historic Places

The following buildings are recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.

Listed in order of date added to the Register.

  • Mississippi County Courthouse, Hale and Poplar Avenues (December 13, 1987)
  • Bank of Osceola, 207 E Hale (August 6, 1987)
  • City Hall, 316 W Hale (August 6, 1987)
  • Florida Brothers Building, 319 W Hale (August 6, 1987)
  • Mississippi County Jail, 300 S Poplar (August 6, 1987)
  • Old Bell Telephone Building, 100 block of Ash St (August 6, 1987)
  • Osceola Times Building, 112 N Poplar (August 6, 1987)
  • Planters Bank Building, 200 E Hale St (August 6, 1987)
  • Hale Avenue Historic District, Roughly bounded by Hale Ave., Poplar St., Ford Ave., and Walnut St. (September 14, 1987)
  • Hale Avenue Historic District, Roughly 107-111 W. Hale Ave. and 101-109 N. Walnut St. (September 2, 2003)
  • Violet Cemetery, Area bounded by W. Johnson Ave., Semmes Ave., Pecan St. (October 6, 2004)
  • First Baptist Church, 513 S Pecan (September 14, 2005)
  • Hale Avenue Historic District, 100 and 200 blocks W. Hale Ave.; 100,200 blocks E. Hale Ave.; 100 block N. Poplar (August 1, 2008)

The purpose of the Osceola Historic District is to see to it that the appeal and integrity of the district remain true to its historic past.  We coordinate with property owners and work together to keep the district in ideal condition, often assisting with grants or other resources to help ensure that things get done.

There are certain guidelines to the district, including but not limited to the color palette for a storefront, restrictions on what can and cannot be painted, and signage size and placement.  For businesses in the district that would like to make improvements to their buildings, please download both the Design Guidelines (which includes the review procedures and steps) and the Application for Certificate of Appropriateness form below, fill out, and return to the district.

 

pdfDownload the Osceola Historic Commission Design Guidelines4.20 MB

Download the Application for Certificate of Appropriateness

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