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Phillips County

Phillips County is named for Sylvanus Phillips, who was a member of the territorial legislature.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lee County

E – Tunica County, Mississippi and Coahoma County, Mississippi

S – Coahoma County, Mississippi and Desha County

W – Arkansas County  and Monroe County

 

Created:   May 1, 1820                           Map of Arkansas highlighting Phillips County

County Seat:

Helena  1820 – present

 

County Courthouse – Helena 

 

Location:  620 Cherry Street / Perry Street

Built:  1914 – 1915

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Frank W Gibb of Little Rock

Contractor:  L R Wright & Company.

 

Description:  The building  faces west and  is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Helena. The building has a raised basemenr. The west front has a porch with six large columns supporting a wide header. There are three doors on the first story with windows between the columns. The cornice below the roof line projects. The roof line is flat. In the interior are wide center stairs ascending to the second story. The County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 1st Judicial District. The building was renovated in 1984. The architect was Cromwell, Truemper, Levy, Parker & Woodmall and the contractor was White Construction Company of Clarksdale, Mississippi.

 

See:  The architect, Frank W Gibb of Little Rock also designed courthouses in Bradley CountyCalhoun CountyConway CountyDallas County, Franklin County and Yell County.

 

See:  The 1st Judicial District includes Cross County, Lee County, Monroe County, Saint Francis County and Woodruff County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1820 and Helena was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1869 at a cost of $44,000. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1914 to 1915 at a cost of $250,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Helena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2012 and 2017