Walnut Room this way

Walnut Room this way

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Lafayette County Courthouse, Lewisville, Arkansas

Lafayette County courthouse in Lewisville, Arkansas was built 1940-1942 as part of the Works Progress Administration.  WPA funded 40% of the $100,000 project (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program).  Architects Clippard and Vaught's design
...reflected a restrained reinterpretation of Art Deco style typical of WPA courthouses.  

Lafayette County was named in honor of French Marquis de Lafayette.  In 1905, the state legislature altered the pronunciation to "luh-fay-ut" to be "less French-sounding."  Oxford, Mississippians can probably feel right at home here.  While driving through, I found myself wondering how Arkansas residents pronounced it...and now I know.
The main street through downtown Lewisville was also paved as a WPA project.

No comments: