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Clark County Courthouse

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1899, Charles L. Thompson; 1997 restored, Twin Rivers Architects. 401 Clay St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Mason Toms, photographer)

Towers anchor the corners of this red brick rectangular building, three of which are hexagonal with pointed roofs and the fourth, a clock tower, is much taller and square in shape with a pyramid roof. The use of four corner towers of different sizes and shapes was a formula Thompson used for several courthouses at the turn of the twentieth century, notably the courthouses for Saline County (SA1) and Woodruff County (WO1). The high hipped roof pierced with dormers and chimneys is surmounted by an observation deck with an ornamental iron balustrade. Round-arched entrances and windows, as well as the court-house’s mildly castellated massing, give it a Romanesque Revival appearance. Following a tornado in 1997, Twin Rivers Architects restored the building to its original condition.

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, "Clark County Courthouse", [Arkadelphia, 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, 170-170.

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