Carroll County Courthouse

Courthouse 2

Carrollton’s 1876 courthouse sits on the town square in the county seat of Carroll County, Mississippi.  For 13 years, I have driven past the exit to Carrollton from the Interstate 55 on numerous trips to and through Jackson.  Finally, last week I took the exit.  It was only 10 miles over to Carrollton, and although this was not my initial destination, it caught my attention and I temporarily paused my mission and pulled to park in one of the many spaces available around the square.

It was a beautiful day and the courthouse doors on all 4 entrances were thrown open, and people stood in the breeze created by the open central cross halls on the first floor, talking in small groups.  Architect James Clark Harris designed the building, with the court room occupying the second floor, and T. W. and A. Larmour Parker constructed the stucco-over-brick facility, completing it in 1878 (Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Historic Resources Inventory database).  A north wing annex was added circa 1935.  I speculated that the annex might have been funded by PWA or WPA, as courthouse improvements were among the many projects constructed with New Deal Administration programs, but I have found no documentation to that effect thus far.

Harris also designed and built Carrollton’s Stanhope, and several other “distinctive, eclectically detailed Houses of the 1870s” (Shoemaker & Halat, 1978), including The OaksColonel Helm House, and Captain Ray House .  Next up, a bit more about the history of this building, and perhaps, an update on that annex!

 

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5 Responses to Carroll County Courthouse

  1. Great courthouse. It seems that the style is a bit dated for the 1870’s but styles linger longer in Mississippi, than in the rest of the nation. I would speculate that the stucco was added at a later date.

    • Suzassippi says:

      What is the architectural style?

      • Ask 5 different people get 5 different answers 🙂 I see pre-war Classical Revival with the fan light above the door and the cupola. The pilasters and low pitch roof certainly add a Greek Revival flair, but the Greek Revival-ness of it could be accentuated due to the stucco job given to the structure.

        Compare this courthouse to the 1870’s in vogue Tate County Courthouse, with its high pitched roof and masonry buttresses and belt courses.

  2. socialbridge says:

    Stunning building, Suz.

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