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Chicot County Courthouse

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1956, Herbert Voelker. 108 Main St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Ralph Wilcox, photographer)

Lake Village was laid out in 1856 on the western bank of Lake Chicot, an oxbow lake formed c. 1350 when the Mississippi River changed course. This is the town’s third courthouse and was designed by a Texas architect. This courthouse is a good example of midcentury civic design with its emphasis on rectilinear massing, forms, and details, and in its salmon pink brick walls highlighted with white stone detailing. The central portion of the facade is largely composed of windows. The building’s enrichment lies primarily in color contrasts, and the overall simplicity of the design gives the courthouse a formal dignity. Lake Chicot is just a block away from the courthouse. The lakefront has been developed as a linear park, with grassy banks, shade trees, and a promenade, and built into the side of the bank is a small Greek theater offering views across the lake.

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, "Chicot County Courthouse", [Lake Village, 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, 272-272.

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