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Left: The Lonoke County Courthouse, the third one for the county, was designed in a mixture of Classical, Doric, Roman, and Georgian architecture. Top left: Grey Ital- ian marble wainscoting lines the hallways. The polychrome cream and maroon floor tiles keep the grey of the walls from mut- ing the presentation. Top right: The 1928 Lonoke County Courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Right: The courtroom is an open, brightly lit room.


Te symmetrical elevations of the four-story building with full basement display a combination of Classical, Doric, Ro- man, and Georgian architecture. Te front, west façade is ar- ticulated in an orderly fashion by two corner bays flanking a central, full-height portico. Floor-to-ceiling multi-paned Ro- man arched windows and large double-hung openings light the second and third floors. Tese windows are visually an- chored between floors through the use of cast stone panels and stretcher bricks. Tis device enables the disparate openings to read as continuous vertical elements. A similar mechanism is employed on the north and south corner bays. Centered curving cast stone steps carry the eye to the double


wood and glass doors of the main entrance. Roman influence also is utilized on the doors in the form of a stone arch with decorative keystone and moldings featuring geometric details. Art Deco wrought-iron grids embellish the doors and associ- ated fanlight. Doors often suffer inappropriate alterations or destruction, but the Department of Arkansas Heritage provid- ed $15,000 to the county for restoration of the north, south


COUNTY LINES, SPRING 2019


and west doors in 1997, maintaining an important aspect of the historic exterior. Full-height Doric columns and pilasters create a five-bay


portico in the center of the façade. Stone urn balustrades span the voids between columns on the second floor. Te main el- evation is further dramatized with a centered full-height Ro- man window above the second floor entry doors. Georgian Revival elements are expressed here in the use of a multi-light fan transom within a stone Roman arch and decorative key- stone. Te complex window of stationary and awning compo- nents is situated behind a classical cast stone balconette with urn balustrade and heavy stone brackets. A continuous stone frieze traversing three elevations of the building at the roof- top parapet displays a centered relief carving reading “Lonoke County Courthouse.” A segmented arch above the frieze ex- hibits an elaborate foliated date stone. Te north and south elevations of the courthouse are mir-


ror images, and although these are subordinate entrances, the See “COURTHOUSE” on Page 32 >>> 31


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