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Phillips County Courthouse

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1914, Frank W. Gibb. 622 Cherry St.
  • (Photograph by Ruth Hawkins)

This two-story red brick courthouse on a raised basement is typical of its era in its rectangular shape, the eight full-height fluted Corinthian columns attached to the central portion of the facade, the broad flight of stairs, and three entrance doors. But what gives this courthouse a particular appeal is Little Rock architect Gibbs’s use of color contrasts, with the central section white and only the basement level, the end bays, and the entablature in red brick, with the result that these areas seem to serve as a dark frame to the columns, the central windows and their interior spaces, and the entrance. Gibbs highlights the entrance doors with decorative moldings and scroll brackets, and the brick walls of the end bays are dotted with light-colored cast-stone medallions and geometric motifs. The court-house sits directly on the sidewalk edge, not in a courthouse square, but a landscaped park across Cherry Street allows a full view of the attractive facade.

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, "Phillips County Courthouse", [Helena-West Helena, 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, 248-248.

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