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North Arkansas Youth Center (Cotter High School Gymnasium)

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1936–1938; 1995 restored. 412 Powell Ave.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Revis Edmonds, photographer)

This former high school gymnasium was constructed by the WPA from randomly sized stone in colors ranging from beige to brown, a treatment known as giraffe stone. The entrance is marked by a pair of arches with prominent voussoirs and keystones of grayish-colored cut stone. Although the school burned in 1977, the gymnasium served until 1980, when a new building and school complex were constructed. Restored in 1995, the structure now serves as a public gymnasium.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors


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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "North Arkansas Youth Center (Cotter High School Gymnasium)", [Cotter, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 79-79.

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