2012 List

Historic County Courthouses, Statewide

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City/County/Congressional District: Arkansas State , (District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 )
Location Class: Government
Year Built: 1800s - 1940s1800s - 1940s1800s - 1940s1800s - 1940s1800s - 1940s1800s - 1940s
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places
Status: Endangered

Arkansas historic county courthouses are often the most architecturally noteworthy structures in a given town. They are located in the core of their communities and are the building where virtually every member of the public will have business at some point. These buildings are solid and stable, constructed in an era when craftmanship was paramount, but decades of tight county budgets and deferred maintenance are taking their toll, resulting in leaking roofs, crumbling masonry and outdated environmental systems. As a result, some county governments are seeking to move to newer buildings, while others continue band-aid approaches to their buildings’ problems. Every spring, Preserve Arkansas creates a County Courthouse Grant Sign on Letter and distributes it to county judges across the state to advocate for increased funding of the County Courthouse Restoration Grant program which is administered by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and funded by the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council. Many county courthouses have received grants and have made small repairs to their buildings, but more work is needed to increase funding and support for the grant program.