You are here

Craighead County Courthouse, Western District

-A A +A
1934, Elmer A. Stuck. 511 S. Main St.
  • CG2 County Court House & Federal Bld.

In 1936, a printed portfolio of Jonesboro architect Stuck’s work features this then-recently completed courthouse on the front page. Stuck wrote, “This building is modern in design and efficiently planned. The court room is especially efficient because of a perfect acoustical treatment.” The Art Deco structure is the fifth courthouse for Craighead County to sit at this location since the county was laid out in 1859. The first three burned, and the fourth was torn down to build this brick replacement. Composed of a two-story central block with lower flanking wings, the building has a central entrance framed by stylized fluted pilasters, and the roofline is marked by limestone coping and decorative vertical bands. (This building is one of two courthouses for Craighead County; the other in Lake City serves the Eastern District.)

In 1985, a courthouse annex was built across the street on Union Street. This brick and limestone-trimmed building is a Postmodern interpretation of Stuck’s building, to which it is linked by a skywalk. Additional changes in the immediate vicinity of the courthouse have impinged on the courthouse square’s historic character. In the early 1980s the side street to the south of the courthouse was closed, and a massive rectangular building, the E. C. Gathings Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, was erected here by McDaniel Brothers Construction. This is articulated by full-height precast concrete panels in a modern interpretation of a classical temple. This new building eradicated the traditional court square layout, and adding to the changes, the late-nineteenth-century downtown buildings across from the courthouse were torn down for a parking lot. Nevertheless, buildings in the historic downtown north on Main Street from the courthouse to the railroad tracks have undergone revitalization.

Writing Credits

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

Data

What's Nearby

Citation

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Craighead County Courthouse, Western District", [Jonesboro, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/AR-01-CG1.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 229-229.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,