Front Facade
Front Facade

Historical images were used to replace the lost decorative features such as the railing and the shutters.

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Front Facade
Front Facade

The chippendale railing was designed based on historical images discovered through research.

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Sunken Lands
Sunken Lands

Exhibits not only tell the story of multiple families and their experiences living in Dyess, but also talk of the "gumbo" soil and frequent floods.

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Front Facade
Front Facade

Historical images were used to replace the lost decorative features such as the railing and the shutters.

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A Rehabilitation of the Dyess Administration Building

Dyess, Arkansas

At the center of the Dyess Colony, a 1930's New Deal era farming settlement, is the Administration Building, a colonial revival structure that once housed the basic governing functions of the young town that offered a fresh start for struggling Arkansas families.  

 

Though long neglected, an effort to restore the most significant structures in the town by Arkansas State University would start here.  The building now houses offices for the Town of Dyess, as well as museum space for exhibits that tell visitors about the history of the Dyess Colony, one of the nation's most successful New Deal stories. 

 

Of course, visitors also learn of its most famous citizen, Johnny Cash, who was only three years of age when his parents, Ray & Carrie Cash moved from Kingston, Arkansas after being accepted into the settlement.