Marion was designated the county seat in 1827, and this red brick courthouse is the third for the county. It has the Classical Revival symmetry and features that were popular for civic buildings in the first decades of the twentieth century. Built by a Fort Worth, Texas, firm, the square courthouse is two stories in height with identical north and south facades fronted by Ionic porticoes, but tucked away on a side street and fronted by a parking lot, the building, unfortunately, loses its power to make a suitable architectural statement. A shallow dome on a square base covers the center of the courthouse. Marion is in a fertile agricultural area, and its proximity to the Mississippi River has made it an important regional center.
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Crittenden County Courthouse
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