El Paso 'Ghost' Bank Brought Back from the Past

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 12:00 am  

We received several compliments on our photo spread of “Ghost Banks” in the Jan. 14 issue, but one in particular caught us off guard.

Our photo of the former El Paso bank was taken a couple of years ago, back when the tiny community in White County was working on fundraising to restore the time-beaten structure to something resembling its original appearance. After restoration, the building would be used as a community center.

The project seemed monumental, so imagine our surprise when Judy Riley, who is in charge of the restoration, sent us a photo of the building that barely resembled the one we featured.

“We’ve been successful at fundraising, and with lots of volunteers we have completed a new roof, re-pointing of brick on the outside, painting of the outside, re-doing windows and doors, re-plastering of the inside, subfloor and plumbing,” Riley said in an email.

“We even have the support system in place for the tin ceiling tiles. Basically all we lack to complete the renovation is electrical, heating and air and the ceiling tiles. We had some specialized folks do the renovation and they were able to save all the doors and the trim around the windows and doors! We are really proud of it!”

 

 

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