Save The John Lee Webb House

The windows are done!  The Restoration is moving ahead.   If you have driven by the house, please remind everyone of the changes that you have seen.  Somestimes it takes your comments and pictures to remind us that the Restoration has accomplished a lot. 

We know a lot of you are excited about the roof, but coupled with the windows, it looks like a masterpiece. 

The Restoration of the bricks will had to the longevity of those news windows and placing a foundation that is strong and sure will allow our grands and great grans to see how we worked together to restore this history beauty.  

Then the Restoration and Reconstruction of the porch and porte cochere will be like the cherry on the sundae!  One step at a time is the way you restore a beautiful piece of our history.  

The original house was built ca. 1896 for the Hogaboom Family. The first roof layer were cedar shakes followed by asphalt shingles and since 1925, the roofing were clay tiles as installed by Mr. Webb. The clay tile was restored after the subroof was repaired and a new waterproof membrane applied.  

 A man ahead of his time! John Lee Webb was born in Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama on September 11, 1877 (the first year of segregation).  Here is a photograph from the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and our exhibit, this is part of a panoramic photograph of about twenty people standing at the Train Depot in Hot Springs, leaving for New York for their three month trip to Europe with Mary McLeod Bethune and the Jolly 14 African American Doctors under the banner of the National Medical Association.  Photograph:  L-R) Mrs. Lillian Kendall, Mrs.  Carrie Elaine Branson-Webb, Honorable John Lee Webb and Dr. Ellis Kendall, Sr.  

This is so exciting!  We continue to need your support, the roof is going up because of grant from the Preservation program of the Arkansas Department of Heritage.  The porch and the porte' cochere are next.  

Designated in 2003, the house is located in the Pleasant Street Historic District, the largest African American Historic Distirct in the State of Arkansas, which is located in the Gateway Neighborhood a part of the Downtown Redevelopment program of Hot Springs.  

This was our second year being nominated!  Help us take it home in 2018.  Though a small organization, P.H.O.E.B.E. has raised  $170,000 through grants, special events, fundraisers and individual donations.  

 He was the Supreme Custodian of the Woodmen of Union Building,  and ultimately became the Founder of the National Laymen's Auxiliary of the National Baptist Conference, USA, Inc. in 1924 and he and his ideals are still celebrated today.  The Laymen are supporting this effort to restore and rehabilitate the home of their founder.   

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By mail send your donations to:  Save the John Lee Webb House, Bank of the Ozarks, POB 22300, Hot Springs, AR  71903

All of us here at People Helping Others Excel By Example Thank you for your giving!  We have created a set of ten (10) postcards of images that we know you will enjoy...or your name or organization on a plaque displayed in a prominent place in your house.  We will do this because we are grateful you are joining us on this journey.  

Organizer and beneficiary

Woodie Lee Davis
Hot Springs, AR
PHOEBE The Uzuri Project

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