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U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse (Old Federal Building)

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1876–1881, James G. Hill, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury; 1897, 1908 additions; 1997 renovations and additions, Witsell Evans Rasco. 300 W. 2nd St.
  • PA also 294
  • PA also 300
  • PA also 274

Built of sandstone on a pink Indiana granite base, the U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse is Italianate in style, with a rusticated base, round-arched third-floor windows with tympana filled with foliate ornamentation, and large brackets under the deep eaves. When it opened in 1881, the first floor of the building was used by the post office, the second floor by various government offices, and the third and fourth floors by the U.S. District Court. The first addition was built in 1897, when more office and mail-sorting space and a larger court-room were needed, followed by a second addition in 1908 to accommodate yet more mail. Both additions were in the same style as the original structure. After the post office moved to a new location (PU18) in 1932, this building continued to be used for government offices until it was declared surplus federal property in 1975, after which the University of Arkansas used it until 1992. In 1997, with further renovation and expansion, this time in steel and glass, the building was returned to federal service as the U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse. Of particular note is its elaborate elevator, which has an intricate wrought-iron cage and passenger compartment and was one of the first elevators installed in Arkansas.

Writing Credits

Author: 
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, "U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse (Old Federal Building)", [Little Rock, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/AR-01-PU17.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 128-128.

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