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Moore-Hornor House, Delta Cultural Center

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1859; 2006 renovated, Jameson Architects. 323 Beech St.
  • (Photograph by Ruth Hawkins)

Built by Arthur Thompson, a former Phillips County sheriff, the two-story L-shaped house built of red brick is a carefully proportioned blend of Greek Revival and Italianate. The entrance porch is sheltered by a single-story cast-iron porch, with a balcony above, and the entrance door is framed by sidelights and a fanlight. The cornice is bracketed, and the front gable of the ell is outlined as a pediment. Room heights inside rise to eleven feet, and the plasterwork of the ceilings is enriched with rosettes and pierced cornices. In 1877 Thompson sold the house to Robert Caswell Moore, whose descendants gave it to the State of Arkansas in 1995 to be part of the Delta Cultural Center. The house is now used for educational programs and activities. A fire in 1999 destroyed most of the roof, but it was restored, as was the interior. Opposite the house is a nearly full-size replica of the earth and wood Fort Curtis, where one of the bloodiest Civil War battles in Helena took place.

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, "Moore-Hornor House, Delta Cultural Center", [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, 250-250.

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