Grant to restore the windows of Ace of Clubs House

Texarkana’s historic Ace of Clubs House is part of the Texarkana Museum System. Photo by Submitted to the Texarkana Gazette / Texarkana Gazette.

TEXARKANA, Texas – A US $ 6,500 conservation grant will help fund the restoration of the historic windows of the Ace of Club House.

The funds will come from the daughters of the National Society of the American Revolution and will be matched by the city’s hotel occupancy taxes to provide a total of $ 13,000 to recover the original glass from the windows, according to a press release from the Texarkana Museum System.

“We are extremely pleased to receive this National DAR grant, and we are grateful to our local Lone Star DAR chapter for sponsoring us in applying for these funds. This recognition of the importance and historical significance of the Ace of Club to ours Community house means a lot, “said TMS chairman Velvet Hall Cool.

Built in 1885, the home is a Texas Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Olivia Smith Moore donated the unique property, which was built in the form of a playing card club, to TMS in the 1980s.

“Our Lone Star DAR chapter is always dedicated to supporting this area of ​​our regional history. Ms. Moore herself was a member of our chapter, and this house and the Texarkana museum system fit well with our mission of historical preservation and education. Our partnerships are bound to have one significant impact on the community, “said Tammie Duncan Blackburn, regent of the DAR’s Lone Star Chapter.

It is costing $ 750 to $ 1,000 to restore each of the house’s 77 windows, and TMS is asking the community for more funding.

Donations can be made by mail to the Ace of Clubs House Restoration Fund, 219 N. State Line Ave., Texarkana, Texas, 75501. Donors can also call TMS at 903-793-4831 or visit

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