Monthly Archives: August 2014

Hempstead County Courthouse in Hope, Arkansas

The NRHP nomination form describes this courthouse as the “…finest extant example of the Art Deco style within the city of Hope, Arkansas. Its horizontal symmetrical massing, set back rooflines and stylized Art Deco ornamentation are all identifying characteristics of … Continue reading

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Weatherford Municipal Power and Light

The City of Weatherford sought a grant from the Works Progress Administration to construct a city-owned power plant (Shumaker, 1940).  Bond issues in the amount of $250,000 were approved by the community to build the municipal light plant (Two bond … Continue reading

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DeWitt Publishing Company: The Era-Enterprise

This is the last stop on DeWitt, Arkansas’ historic downtown square.  The building housing DeWitt Publishing was constructed in the early 1950s for a farm co-op, which was unsuccessful.  In 1954, Harold Young opened his department store in the building.  … Continue reading

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Historic Courthouse Square in DeWitt

DeWitt, Arkansas is a rarity due to the design of its public square.  Like many small rural communities, the courthouse occupies the center of the square.  What is unique about DeWitt’s square is that it was designed as …a continuous … Continue reading

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Mount Vernon Old Jail

The former Franklin County jail, built in 1912, is currently in use as the Old Jail Arts Center.  It retains one of the original cells in the upstairs.  It is a simple, unadorned building.  The construction appears to be a … Continue reading

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Mount Vernon: Franklin County Courthouse

As promised back in June, the visit to the Franklin County courthouse in Mt. Vernon, Texas has finally seen the light of day!  The Classical Revival style courthouse was designed in 1912 by Dallas architect L. L. Thurman, and constructed … Continue reading

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