The east and west facades of this two-story courthouse, the oldest in Arkansas still functioning for county government, date to 1871. Gibbs enlarged the building to the north and south, and his additions are satisfyingly in harmony with the original building so that the courthouse looks of one piece. The building’s first story is faced with limestone, and the upper walls are of red brick, with white stone detailing. The earlier east and west facades feature two-story projecting porticoes, round arched on the first floor and Greek Revival in style for the second with Ionic columns, a pediment, and a balcony. A square bell tower with stylized Palladian windows and a metal-roofed dome crowns the courthouse. Gibbs’s extensions include a one-bay round-arched portico at each end, and he articulated the upper walls more boldly than the older portion with paired pilasters topped by Corinthian capitals.
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White County Courthouse
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