The original Lafayette County courthouse was burned by Union troops in 1864. The current courthouse, one of the oldest in the state and in continuous use as a courthouse, was built between 1871-1873 . The courthouse circa 1930 before the building was extended with additional bays can be seen at the link. The courthouse was extended in 1953, adding on to the point past the two arched windows. According to the National Register of Historic Places nomination, the original drawings by the architect S. Boling were signed and dated April 1871. The nomination called it:
…a locally significant example of eclecticism from the post Civil War period.
Also from the nomination, the building is described as:
…eclectic, showing influence of Greek Revival…the heavily bracketed cornice, arched fenestration and prominent cupola are concessions to Italianate…
Multiple brick chimneys disappeared. The full-length pilasters divide the original bays from the addition of 1953. The Greek Revival influence is seen in the porticos and pilastered frontispieces.
The clock tower is topped by a tin dome. The clock itself was the subject of controversy during the renovation of the courthouse several years ago. It seems that the clockmaker who had the clock for repair was less than timely in completing the work.
Thanks to Thomas Rosell at Preservation in Mississippi, I am increasing my architectural vocabulary. I did have to do some research to uncover the meaning of fenestration and frontispiece, however. I will be waiting for the opportunity to work one of those words into a conversation.