A Stroll through downtown Warren, Arkansas
After a meeting in Warren (Bradley County), I had the chance to stroll around downtown Warren. I was impressed with how much of its historic fabric is still intact.
The courthouse is an impressive two-story structure designed in 1903 by Little Rock architect Frank W. Gibb. The National Register form on AHPP’s website describes the building as :
an impressive two-story brick structure with towers. Distinctive features of the building include brick quoins arched windows with keystones, gauged brick voussoirs, denticulated cornices, and the usage of two colors of brick. A cut-stone water table extends around the entire building. The most distinctive feature of the building is the clock tower located on the southwest corner. The main body of the tower is two-and-one-half stories with a four-faced clock located atop. Centered above the clock is a cupola featuring archways, denticulated cornice and a hexagonal roof.
Near the courthouse are two Art Deco style buildings, the 1931 Warren Municipal Building and the 1948 Warren YMCA (now the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA after a 2005 remodeling and expansion).
|Warren Municipal Building|
|Warren YMCA / Donald W. Reynolds YMCA|
Two other bulding that caught my eye were the First State Bank of Warren (1927) and the Bailey House (ca. 1900). The Bailey house, built for a local druggist, has a unique cupola and other Victorian features. AHPP’s description of the Bailey house claims it “is one of the most architecturally interesting residential structures in south Arkansas.” The First State Bank of Warren struck me with its proportioned neo-classical architecture and the watchful eagle perched atop the building. First State Bank does not appear to be on the National Register.
|First State Bank of Warren|
There are many other historic buildings in downtown Warren. AHPP’s website lists 13 buildings that are on the National Register, so you can explore more there. Luckily, in July 2012, AHPP will hold a Walks in History Tour and we’ll be able to learn more.