Washington County Jail (Fayetteville, Arkansas)

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Washington County Jail
Washington County Jail.jpg
Washington County Jail, 2011
Washington County Jail (Fayetteville, Arkansas) is located in Arkansas
Washington County Jail (Fayetteville, Arkansas)
Washington County Jail (Fayetteville, Arkansas) is located in the US
Washington County Jail (Fayetteville, Arkansas)
Location College Avenue (U.S. Route 71B) and County Avenue, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Coordinates 36°3′42″N 94°9′27″W / 36.06167°N 94.15750°W / 36.06167; -94.15750Coordinates: 36°3′42″N 94°9′27″W / 36.06167°N 94.15750°W / 36.06167; -94.15750
Area less than one acre
Built 1896
Architect W. B. Reese
Architectural style Richardsonian Romanesque, Romanesque,
NRHP Reference # 78000638[1]
Added to NRHP December 1, 1978

The Washington County Jail is a historic former civic building at 90 South College Avenue in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Built in 1896, this building was the fourth to serve as county jail, and was in use until 1973, making it the longest tenured in county history.[2] The Romanesque Revival building was designed by W. B. Reese, and is locally unusual and distinctive for its medieval appearance. It is built out of load-bearing stone, square cut and laid in irregular courses, with a rough quarry-cut finish. Most of the building is of darker shades with trim in lighter shades. Nominally two stories in height, the rightmost bay has a square tower with crenellated parapet.[3]

The building, which is now in private hands, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Brief History of County Buildings". Washington County, Arkansas. Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  3. ^ "NRHP nomination for Washington County Jail" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2015-04-06.