Lee County Courthouse (Arkansas)

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Lee County Courthouse
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Lee County Courthouse (Arkansas) is located in Arkansas
Lee County Courthouse (Arkansas)
Lee County Courthouse (Arkansas) is located in the US
Lee County Courthouse (Arkansas)
Location15 E. Chestnut St., Marianna, Arkansas
Coordinates34°46′28″N 90°45′25″W / 34.77444°N 90.75694°W / 34.77444; -90.75694Coordinates: 34°46′28″N 90°45′25″W / 34.77444°N 90.75694°W / 34.77444; -90.75694
Area3 acres (1.2 ha)
Built byJennings and Samuel
ArchitectGeorge Mahan and Everett Woods
Architectural styleColonial Revival, art deco
Part ofMarianna Commercial Historic District (#00001559)
NRHP reference #95001090[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 7, 1995
Designated CPJanuary 4, 2001

The Lee County Courthouse features two courthouse buildings constructed at 15 East Chestnut Street in Marianna, Arkansas, United States, the county seat of Lee County. The original courthouse was a wooden at the corner of Poplar and Mississippi streets built in 1873 when Marianna became the county seat of Lee County.[3] A larger courthouse was built in 1890 and it was expanded with another new courthouse building added next to it in 1936. The courthouse compound was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. The newer courthouse was designed by Memphis, Tennessee based architect George Mahan Jr. with Everett Woods and built in the Colonial Revival[3] and Art Deco[citation needed] styles.


Marianna moved south 3 miles (4.8 km) onto the banks of the L'Anguille River in 1869 and is centrally located within Lee County. A red brick courthouse was built in 1890 while the city thrived on the cotton industry. This building became too small and was expanded with the help of Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works funds. Rather than expanding, the county chose to construct a new two-story addition of new materials in a new style in the 1930s, which dwarfed the former structure.[4]


View from front steps

The Lee County Courthouse is a late example of the Classical Revival style, a style which had largely died out by 1920. The columns, entablature, and pilasters typical of a classical revival building are present, if not subdued by the art deco influence.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Bank Letter granting Construction Loan to Jennings and Samuel
  3. ^ a b https://www.jstor.org/stable/24477470 page 181
  4. ^ "Lee County Courthouse, Marianna, Lee County". Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Archived from the original on April 15, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2011.