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Pulaski County Courthouse

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1887–1889, Max A. Orlopp; 1913–1914, George R. Mann. 405 W. Markham St.
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The courthouse is composed of two distinct buildings, each one reflecting the period in which it was built. Orlopp chose Romanesque Revival for his building, and Mann chose a Beaux-Arts classical design for the much larger annex facing Markham Street. The Orlopp building, which faces 2nd Street, is a compact building of light-colored rusticated stone contrasting with red brick and terra-cotta details. The building is made more picturesque by its roofline, a medley of gables and turrets with conical roofs, and a dome and cupola crowning a square corner tower. Mann’s building is three stories in height, with round arches on the ground story, and the second and third stories are united by a row of double-height Ionic columns between the windows. Original interior detailing remains, including a large stained glass skylit dome in the center of the annex. A small formally landscaped park beside the two buildings substitutes for a courthouse square.

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, "Pulaski County Courthouse", [Little Rock, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/AR-01-PU7.

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Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 121-122.

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