Courthouse Square Historic District (West Plains, Missouri)

Coordinates: 36°43′43″N 91°51′08″W / 36.72861°N 91.85222°W / 36.72861; -91.85222
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Courthouse Square Historic District
Howell County Courthouse, October 2015
Courthouse Square Historic District (West Plains, Missouri) is located in Missouri
Courthouse Square Historic District (West Plains, Missouri)
Courthouse Square Historic District (West Plains, Missouri) is located in the United States
Courthouse Square Historic District (West Plains, Missouri)
LocationRoughly bounded by Broadway, Grove St., Court Sq. and Washington Ave., West Plains, Missouri
Coordinates36°43′43″N 91°51′08″W / 36.72861°N 91.85222°W / 36.72861; -91.85222
Area11.5 acres (4.7 ha)
Built1881 (1881)
ArchitectHawkins, Earl; Britton, L.H.
Architectural styleItalianate, Queen Anne, Romanesque, Late Gothic Revival, Art Deco
MPSWest Plains, Missouri MPS
NRHP reference No.03000651[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 17, 2003

Courthouse Square Historic District is a national historic district located at West Plains, Howell County, Missouri. The district encompasses 46 contributing buildings in the central business district of West Plains. It developed between about 1881 and 1950 and includes representative examples of Italianate, Queen Anne, Romanesque Revival, Late Gothic Revival, and Art Deco style architecture. Located in the district are the separately listed Elledge Arcade Buildings, W. J. and Ed Smith Building, and West Plains Bank Building. Other notable buildings include the IOOF Building #2 (c. 1923), First Presbyterian Church (c. 1887, 1910, 1978), Howell County Courthouse (1937), Aid Hardware Building (1914-1915), W. N. Evans Building (c. 1892), J. R. Foster Building (c. 1929), Foster-Renfrew Building (c. 1919), Alsup, Risley & Skillman Block (c. 1887), Catron Opera House / Johnson Opera House (1893), IOOF Building / J. R. Galloway Building (1896), Evans Theatre (c. 1899, 1913), W. J. Zorn Building, #1/Howell County Gazette Building (1911-1912), West Plains Fire Department/City Hall (1917), and Avenue Theatre (1950).[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Becky L. Snider (December 2002). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Courthouse Square Historic District" (PDF). Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved January 1, 2017. (includes 14 photographs from 2002) and Site map

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