Benton County Courthouse (Arkansas)

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Benton County Courthouse
Benton County Courthouse, Bentonville, Arkansas.jpg
The Benton County Courthouse anchors the east side of the Bentonville square
Benton County Courthouse (Arkansas) is located in Arkansas
Benton County Courthouse (Arkansas)
Location 106 SE A Street, Bentonville, Arkansas
Coordinates 36°22′21″N 94°12′27″W / 36.37250°N 94.20750°W / 36.37250; -94.20750Coordinates: 36°22′21″N 94°12′27″W / 36.37250°N 94.20750°W / 36.37250; -94.20750
Area less than one acre
Built 1928
Architect Albert O. Clark
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Local
MPS Benton County MRA
NRHP Reference #

87002340

[1]
Added to NRHP January 28, 1988

The Benton County Courthouse is a courthouse in Bentonville, Arkansas, United States, the county seat of Benton County, built in 1928. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. The courthouse was built in the Classic Revival style by Albert O. Clark and anchors the east side of the Bentonville Town Square.

History[edit]

Architect Albert O. Clark came from St. Louis, Missouri to Rogers, Arkansas in 1904. He utilized the Classic Revival style when designing the Applegate Drugstore and Bank of Rogers Building elsewhere in the county. After approving of his work, Clark was hired to build many buildings in Bentonville, including the Benton County Jail and the county courthouse. His building replaced an Italianate style structure that had served the county administration needs since 1874.[2]:6,18

Architecture[edit]

See also: Neoclassicism

"Sovereignty rests with the people"

—Inscription in large concrete block above main entrance

Built in the Classic Revival (Neoclassical) style, the Benton County Courthouse features a totally symmetrical façade with a centrally located entrance. The building also exhibits keystones, a main characteristic of Classic Revival architecture.[3] The third floor originally included a balcony; however this was later enclosed to allow for climate control.[4] Today the enclosed third floor windows have round-topped arches, a modification that was in keeping with the Romanesque Revival building style.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Cyrus Sutherland (July 1987). "National Register of Historic Places Historic Multiple Property documentation: Resources of Benton County (Partial Inventory: Historic & Architectural)". 
  3. ^ Wilcox, Ralph. "A Reference Guide to the Architectural Styles of Arkansas". Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ Gill, John Purifoy; Gill, Marjem Jackson (1980). On the Courthouse Square in Arkansas. LCCN 80-65253.