Date Original



This collection holds twelve architectural designs, 33" x 25," for the Cleveland County Courthouse in Rison, Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Cleveland County Courthouse, located in Rison, Arkansas, was designed by Theodore M. Sanders in 1910 and constructed in 1911. Sanders was a native Arkansan, having been born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on March 13, 1879; he was one of ten children. His German-born parents, Frederick and Fannie Sanders, first moved to Mountain Home in 1871, where they attempted to run a small farm. Frederick was born in Anhalt, Germany, in February 1839. He was seventeen years old in 1856, when he arrived in the United States and was naturalized in Pulaski County, Arkansas, on June 19, 1899. Around 1900, the Sanders moved to Little Rock with the help of relatives and opened a photography business at 618 Main Street. Fred was fluent in four languages and was employed as a court interpreter in Little Rock. Sanders attended the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois, graduating in 1902, and then went aboard to continue his education at the Beaux Arts Institute of Design in Paris, France. He was trained in the Eclectic movement in Paris. The Eclectic design was introduced to North America at the end of the nineteenth century/early twentieth-century. This style was a mixture of previous historical approaches blended together to create a new and original piece of art in the design of the building. The courthouse in Rison was designed incorporating the Classical Revival and a Modern Renaissance style. It is a two story brick structure, with a hipped tile roof, a four-faced clock, and a square central tower above the roof. The courthouse is located in Rison on the corner of Main and Magnolia.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Rison, Cleveland County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Cleveland County Courthouse drawings, MS.000690


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Cleveland County Courthouse drawings, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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