The Leake County Courthouse in Carthage is unique in that the entrances are on the narrow ends of the building. The courthouse square is a long narrow lot in the center of the town. I do not recall seeing another courthouse built with the entrances on the narrow side of the building–it reflects a “shotgun” approach to me, and it was actually a bit disorienting at first as I tried to find the entrance. The entrances are both similar, but the main entrance contains a small bas relief sculpture above the door, with a kneeling justice centered, with outstretched arms holding scales. (See detail below). The secondary entrance (pictured above) is similar, with slight variation in the detail.
Edgar Lucian Malvaney designed the Art Deco style courthouse in 1935-36 as PWA Project Miss. 1042 (Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Historic Resources Inventory). J. R. Flint Construction Company built it. It was renovated and repaired in 1976 by architect Charles P. McMullan and Associates and builder/contractor W. G. Yates and sons. McMullen also designed Carthage City Hall in 1966 and the Carthage-Leake County Library in 1967.
Panels of contrasting stacked brick, and alternating projecting brick provide interest between the pilasters (David Preziozi, nomination form National Register of Historic Places). The side elevations are symmetrical and the two-story courtroom is located on the second floor. Preziozi places the courthouse date as 1939 in the nomination form. I was unable to locate a cornerstone, and the photograph of the interior plaque on the MDAH/HRI taken in 2010 is fairly small in size, but I can make out dates for 1936. The Status of Completed Non-Federal Allotted Projects for Region No. 3 Mississippi also lists project 1042 Carthage Courthouse as approved 11/14/1935 and completed 12/11/1936.
Any other similarly designed courthouses in Mississippi?