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Poinsett County Courthouse

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1917, Mitchell Selligman; 1970s renovated. 401 Market St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage)

The community of Bolivar, three miles to the north of Harrisburg, was the seat of Poinsett County until 1856, when it was determined that Harrisburg was more central and accessible for the county’s residents. The first courthouse burned in 1917, and Pine Bluff architect Selligman replaced it with this Classical Revival building. It is a large and impressive composition built during a period of prosperity for the town. The two-story building is set on a raised basement, is clad in gray Bedford stone, and is trimmed with sandstone. The north and south facades are identical, as are the east and west sides, where there are full-height pedimented porticoes, each with four Corinthian columns. A tall octagonal cupola supports a dome with a clock on all four faces.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors



Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Poinsett County Courthouse", [Harrisburg, 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, 239-239.

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