Category Archives: Courthouses

Union County Courthouse: El Dorado

Yes, that’s right, we are still in El Dorado, Arkansas, where I plan to spend my next 4-day weekend.  Not only is there a lot to see there (and I confess, I am more into seeing than doing at the … Continue reading

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Columbia County Courthouse, Magnolia, Arkansas

The domed, blond-brick building is a Renaissance Revival style courthouse, designed by W. W. Hall, a “classic example of the Second Renaissance Revival Style” (Danny Groshong, Columbia County Courthouse, Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, retrieved from  The main entrance is … Continue reading

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Pike County Courthouse: Arrest Location in 1960s fight for justice

Susan Enzweiler in the nomination form for the Magnolia post office called the Classical Revival courthouse “…unsympathetically remodeled.”  Originally constructed in 1883, it was remodeled/ “rebuilt” circa 1917  by the Magnolia born Xavier A. Kramer, architect (Mississippi Department of Archives … Continue reading

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Chickasaw County Courthouse: Houston

Chickasaw County is one of ten counties in Mississippi with dual county seats.  The Classical Revival courthouse designed by architect R. H. Hunt & Company was built in 1909 (MDAH/HRI).  Hunt designed a large number of churches, higher education buildings, … Continue reading

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Jack County Courthouse Restored

Last summer I noted work on the Jack County Courthouse in Jacksboro, a 1940 Art Moderne designed by Voelker and Dixon.  As I was returning to Mississippi last month, I stopped in to see how the renovation was progressing.  The … Continue reading

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Marshall County Courthouse

Architect Fletcher Sloan designed the Italianate, Colonial Revival styled courthouse in Holly Springs, and Spires Boling built it.  Sloan went on to become the assistant state architect for Mississippi in 1872.  The design resembles the Lafayette County courthouse in Oxford … Continue reading

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Lafayette County Courthouse Lewisville Arkansas

  Lafayette County courthouse in Arkansas was constructed 1940-1942 as a project of the Works Progress Administration.  WPA funded 40% of the $100,000 courthouse (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program).  Architects were Clippard and Vaught.  The courthouse …reflected a restrained interpretation of … Continue reading

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101 Places in Mississippi: Lafayette County Courthouse

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 … Continue reading

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Jefferson County Courthouse

  The first brick Jefferson County courthouse was begun in 1825.  It was demolished and a new one erected in 1881.  That building was destroyed by fire in 1901, and replaced by the 1903 Victorian courthouse, which burned in the … Continue reading

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Institute Hall, Memorial Hall, and now, United States Courthouse

The former Institute Hall in Natchez is called a “rare example of 19th century Greek Revival auditorium” by the General Services Adminstration, who had a hand in the restoration of this building for use as a US Courthouse.  The brick … Continue reading

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