Carter County Courthouse - Van Buren, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 36° 59.706 W 091° 00.874
15S E 676677 N 4096171
Quick Description: WPA Project #168
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 9/8/2014 9:51:02 AM
Waymark Code: WMMEAP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MrsMcFly
Views: 1

Long Description:

County of building: Carter County
Location of building: Main St. & Oliver St., Van Buren
Date built: January 21, 1936

"The Work Projects Administration inventory record described Carter County's first courthouse, dated 1837, as a frame, two-story, four-room building put together with wooden pins. The fireplace and chimney were built of native sandstone. This early courthouse was located on the west bank of the Current River, one-half mile west and across the river from the present county seat. It was used while Carter County was a part of Ripley County, before separating in 1859. A commission voted to retain Van Buren as the county seat. The log courthouse also continued in use, but was supplemented with space in the Coleman Hotel.

"Early in the 20th century several proposals to build a new courthouse were defeated. Instead, the 1871 courthouse was remodeled, expanded, and covered with native cobblestones. The architectural firm of Heckenlively and Mark, Springfield, Missouri, planned the remodeling for a Public Works Administration project from 1935-37. The original plan called for 13 rooms and a jail. The courtroom seated 350. This is the only courthouse in Missouri known to have been built with cobblestones.
University of Missouri - Extension

City, Town, Village Name: Van Buren

Building Usage: county courthouse

Public or Private: Public

Tours Available?: yes

Website: [Web Link]

Architectural style: Not listed

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