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Johnson County Courthouse

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1935, Haralson and Nelson. W. Main St. at Central St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage)

Clarksville was designated the county seat in 1836, three years after the county was created, and this courthouse, the county’s third on the site, was designed by a Fort Smith firm and built by contractors Linebarger and Fraser. The three-story building is in many ways typical of WPA-funded Classical Revival courthouse designs with its three stories, buff-colored masonry exterior, round-arched windows illuminating the first floor, and a row of two-story high Ionic columns emphasizing the upper stories. The courtroom, which is on the second floor, is lavish with dark-stained woodwork and ornately carved pilasters and broken pediments. The courthouse remains one of the county’s grandest buildings constructed during the Great Depression.

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, "Johnson County Courthouse", [Clarksville, 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, 105-105.

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