Save The John Lee Webb House

$30,767 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 90 people in 27 months
Cheryl Batts
on behalf of PHOEBE The Uzuri Project
 HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, AR

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.  

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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.  
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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.   

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/Save-The-John-Lee-Webb-House;

You will find more information about our organization at www.theuzuriproject.org

Visit The Uzuri Project Youth Institute, Emerging Leaders at   https://www.facebook.com/cheryl.batts2
www.myuzuriprojectwebsite.com 

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.  

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Update 22
Posted by Cheryl Batts
1 month ago
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There is always excitement when a new year rolls around, and even though we are in the middle of 2018, we wanted to invite you to celebrate with us our 20th year of serving the preservation community.

This is Giving Tuesday and
Our theme for this year is “Moving Forward”

We need bricks! And a lot of them, we are asking your support today as we move to see the bricks on this stately and beautiful house put up and others stabilized with new fresh mortar. You can help us by donating today in honor of Giving Tuesday. We only need $85,000 for those bricks. Even as we work toward a grant, we would have to match that request … so why not Help us be good stewards and stay ahead!

We would like to remind and tell you that the Historic John Lee Webb House was given to P.H.O.E.B.E. in 2014, the work began in 2015-2016, we have leveraged over $200,000 in grants, fundraisers and private donations. In addition to that Authorization of fiscal year 2018 CDBG funding including $62,000 for restoration of the John Lee Webb House porch and porte cochere is also expected this fall. $10,000 has been committed to protective, polycarbonate clear-boarding of the windows restored last year using $50,973 in CDBG funds.

In 2017-18, the Arkansas Department of Heritage, Historic Preservation Restoration Grant was responsible for $90,000 in grant monies for the green tile roof on the John Lee Webb House; this year ADH/HPRG has granted to us $30,946.00 for structural repair, concrete footings and new piers. The above work will start the early Spring of 2019.

Friends and Family start now on Giving Tuesday and when we have finished the Phases, we can start the bricks! We appreciate you …
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Update 21
Posted by Cheryl Batts
7 months ago
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MOVING FORWARD … The grants are stabilizing for 2018 Spring and Fall … Construction will begin soon. Meanwhile the administrative construction costs behind the scenes move us toward and keep us in the growth spurt in Hot Springs. The youth are excited, looking to return from college, we will be closer to the goal. The Young ones know that you are helping them and their friends enter their new home. Make your donation … The Diamondhead Questers made their donation(s) and the photographs of Mr. Webb and Dr. Bethune are archivally framed to last for a lifetime. Donate today any amount, let's keep Moving Forward...
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Update 20
Posted by Cheryl Batts
8 months ago
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We did promise you some inside shots ... this is the attic of the Historic John Lee Webb House. Amazing work and structure ... everything is doubled to last a lifetime. Keep on giving, we continue to need your support. Give right here at GoFundMe and let's make this happen.
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Update 19
Posted by Cheryl Batts
10 months ago
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The Research Director, Kwendeche, will prepare and document the existing architectural conditions for the John L.Webb House to determine the means and methods to restore the exterior of the house in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Properties.

As well, the research director assessed the interior of the house to determine the means in which the house might be rehabilitated to accommodate community-based public access for various programs, exhibits, lectures and special events in accordance with current building codes and ordinances.

Upon review of all available documentation provided by the Project Director and from other archival sources, the Research Director made several site visits to inspect, photo document and measure the existing house towards developing a concise assessment of the conditions of the house.

The resulting assessment report became a bound booklet, including the current conditions; recommendations on how to rectify physical conditions; and a probable cost estimate to resolve conditions for the eventual occupancy of the now vacant house. As well, the CAR included as-built floor plans and elevations, and conceptual floor plans, paint color schemes, and furniture layouts for the planned use of the house.

The goal of the completed CAR is to provide a concise record to the existing conditions for use in ongoing efforts to completely restore and rehabilitate the Historic John L. Webb House. The CAR shall also act as a template for use on other historic properties in serious need of saving within our underserved communities throughout the state of Arkansas and the region.

We are honored to have Kwendeche, AIA as the architect for this project. Photo Caption; Hot Springs honored Kwendeche for his many accomplishments here in the US and abroad. L,-R Teressa Nevels, Kwendeche, Dr -rPatricia mpata McGraw and Connie Lacy.
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Raised by 90 people in 27 months
Created November 1, 2016
Cheryl Batts
on behalf of PHOEBE The Uzuri Project
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