CONTRACT FOR BUILDING COURT HOUSE
White County Court Record
Volume A 565 - 576
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This Contract entered into this 9th day of September 1869, by and
between Wyatt Sanford party of the first part and the County of White. State
or Arkansas by her commissioner of Public Buildings. Jesse N. Cypert party
of the second part. Witnesseth:
That the said party of the first part hereby contracts and
agrees with the said party of the second part for and in consideration of
the sum of Twenty four Thousand Nine hundred and Ninety Eight dollars. to be
paid as hereinafter provided, to build and erect. and furnish materials
upon the Court Square in the Town of Searcy in the said County of White on
or before the 25th day of December 1870 a good and substantial Court House
for said County to conform in every respect in materials and workmanship to
the specifications hereto attached to the plans. Elevations. Sections and
drawings which are now on file in the clerk's office of said County of
White, being the same drawn by Jones and Baldwin. Architects. which are here
referred to as part and parcel of this Contract.
And said party of the first part further agrees to lay and
complete the foundation of said House. and lay the first tier of Sleepers
thereon by the 1st day of April 1870 and complete the whole building on or
before the 25th day of December 1870.
And the said County of White in the consideration of the above
promises and the faithful performance of the same by first party of the
first part, doth agree to pay the said party of the first part. the sum of
Twelve thousand dollars on are before the 1st day of April 1870, provided
that work to that value shall then have been completed, but if not then the
value of the work at that time completed and the balance of said Twelve
Thousand dollars to be paid monthly in proportion to the value of the work
as it progresses, and the sum of Twelve Thousand Nine hundred and Ninety
Eight dollars on or before the 1st day of April 1871, the above payments to,
be made in U.S. Currency.
But this Contract is not to be binding upon either party until
the said party of the first part shall have executed a bond with sufficient
Security in the sum of Fifty Thousand dollars. Conditions for the faithful
performance of his Contract, and said bond shall have been approved by said
Commission of Public Buildings.
Public Buildings W.C.
Specifications of the material and works necessary for the Erection and
completion of the proposed Court House in Searcy White County Arkansas,
according to Plans Elevations and Sections drawn by Jones and Baldwin,
Architects, Memphis, . Tenn., August 1869.
It is proposed to build the Court House of Brick with Stone
foundations and Water Table, Brick partitions on the
1st Story and Wood partitions on the 2nd floor. Roof to be covered with
The following drawings accompany the specifications which will
be made part and parcel of this Contract.
1. Plan of Basement floor
2. " " 2nd
3. Front Elevation
4. End Elevation and Section
5. Section and Front Elevation
6. Working Drawing Section. Main Roof &c
" Dome &c
8. Working Drawing Elevation, Exterior details
, End Doors &c
10. Foundation Plan
11. Plan of Gallery
To perform all excavations necessary to lay the foundations. To
level off the Trenches to receive the Stone work.
The Earth to be removed outside of the line. of the Building, and graded off
around the building to throw the water away from foundations. To fill in the
area of the Portico rammed hard and firm to receive the flagging.
To provide and construct the foundations of the Exterior and
Interior Walls with good rubble stone work properly bedded in Mortar
Compounded of 1/3 best stone lime & 2/3 clean sharp sand well mixed. The
footings to be nine inches (9") of large Stone, majority of the first
courses being "through" Stone, with the wall above of stone with the joints
broken and bonded, laid, and bedded as found in the quarry, care to be taken
in the Construction, bond & bedding of the angles of the building and the
pier at the angle of Hall partition, these four piers to be five feet square
"racked up" ..(The object of these piers being to support the Iron Columns
in the Court Room.) The above rubble work showing above the ground to be
laid uniform with fair surface. Joints painted with Hydraulic Cement.
(B) The above Water Table rubble work to be capped with Water Table string
course 71/2" by 8", dressed face and top and bottom edge. Top edge to be
The following dressed stone work will be provided worked & set
(C) string course capping the facia between lst & 2nd Story 7 by 9. The curb
of Portico 7" by 18'". (D) Steps of Portico 7 1/2 by 14. (E) Steps to the
end Doors (F) Sills to basement windows. (G) Sills to 2nd Story (H) Key
Stones to arches of Portico arches (I) Imposts (moulded) of the Portico
Arches. (J) Flagging of the Portico floors lst story (K) 4 pieces flagging
18 square 4 in thick for foot of Court Room Columns, all the above stone to
be of ( blank
) dressed and thoroughly bedded with
close Joints in long lengths, the whole finished in a faithful & workmanlike
manner, and as set forth in the drawings, all window sills to be weathered.
All Brick work to be done in a faithful and workmanlike manner,
five streatches & a Header Bond, every course flushed up. All Bricks
to be of the best hard burnt (no salmon or soft bricks allowed) The facing
of all Exterior Walls above the basement to be of select Bricks uniform in
square edges, laid in white mortar, compounded of the best stone lime 1/3
and 2/3 clean sharp sand well mixed.
The walls of the lst Story to be 2 1/2 bricks thick rusticated
as shown in the drawings with Frieze &c completed.
To build the Piers of the Portico with arches. Piers rusticated. To build
the side door pilasters as shown on drawings.
The walls of the second story to be l 1/2 bricks thick with pilasters,
bands &c. The Portico Columns to be of Brick with allowance made in building
for the Plastering. The Bases and Capitals of these Columns to be of Iron
hereinafter mentioned. To build the frieze of Main Cornice, with (dentals ?)
as set forth in drawings.
The partition walls on lst Story to be of Brick l 1/2 Bricks
thick with angle pilasters, great care to be taken in building up the angle
of the partition walls with these pilasters, close Joints & well bonded. To
build all chimneys, fire openings, flues, (trimmer ?) arches. hearths stacks
&c in best and most workmanlike manner, flues to be (pargated ?) Hearths to
be of Brick laid close Joints and uniform. To properly build all bonds,
breaks, pilasters, angles set forth in drawings and turn all arches,
Necessary arches outside and dead arches inside over all lintels &c _ To put
Gratings furnished under the head of "Iron Work."
To perform all carpenters work in a faithful and
workmanlike manner. All lumber, plank &c to be of the best Cypress except
otherwise herein specified. All timber to be free of objectional sap wood,
shakes, large knots, wavy edges and other defects, To provide all Centres
for the arches of the Brick work, all lintels, plates, bond timbers,
required in the construction of the Building.
To put up all Brackets for coving in Court Room ceiling and
prepare the whole interior in every respect for the Plasterers.
The lst story Joists to be 3 by 12" placed 16 in from centres.
The 2nd story Joists to be 2 1/2 by 15" placed 16 inches from centres double
Joists to all trimmers and under partitions with one row of bridging in Hall
and two rows of cross bridging (of 1 1/2 by 3 stuff two nails in each end.)
over rooms. To provide two trussed Girders for the support of Joists over
Hall as shown in drawings, with Iron Rod, screw bolt, washer and straps
complete. These Girders to be (covered ?) up in neat style. To lay all
floors of the best yellow Pine. Groved and Tongued Boards 1 inch thick
matched to come together tight, secret nailed, and dressed off uniform on
upper surface. Butts to be through nailed to cut in all straps to hearths
and all work requisite to render floors strong and substantial.
All Partitions to be of 2 1/2 by 6 placed 16 inches from centres
with double studs to all openings with one truss of cross bridging.
All ceiling Joists to be 2 1/2 by 8 placed 16 inches from
Centres, arranged as set forth in drawings to form panels.
To frame four trusses as shown in drawings No. 6& 7 the two
under dome to have inclined queen posts for the support of sills of Dome
framing. ( blank
) of 3 by 10. (
) The Tie beams to be of three pieces of 3 by 10 bolted together as shown by
drawings with seasoned oak top blocks let in the Timber of Tie beam,
six inches from each side of the head Joints, two bolts each, with Joints
broken. Main rafters 9 by 9, collar beam 9 by 9, struts 6 by 9, Purlines 3
by 9, Rafters 2 1/2 by 6. The whole well framed together with square and
snug Joints with Rods. Center rods 1 1/8 dia. & outside rods 1 in. dia.
Straps l~ by J in. with all nuts. washers &c of wrought Iron, all rods and
straps to be of the best Tennessee Iron. Bolts for the Tie beam 3/4 in. dia.
with nuts and washers. To sheath the whole roof with narrow 1 inch boards.
well nailed. one nail in each edge in each rafter. To properly form Grounds
for the inside Gutters, with proper inclination to carry the water to the
receiving heads. To perform all framing requisite for the Pediments of the
To frame raise and secure the Dome frame work. Sills 10 by 10,
angle post 7 by 9, posts 7 by 8, Enter ties 7 by 8, Plates 7 by 9. Braces 7
by 8- the whole draw bored and pinned. To tie down angle posts by Iron
straps to the truss of Roof. To frame balcony of dome as shown in drawing.
Dome ribs to be of 2 1/2 by 12 with all necessary interior straps of l
1/2 by 6 inch plank strongly spiked. To put in Joists and lay floor in Dome
below Belfry, with Joists 2 1/2 by 10. To also put in Joists to clock Story
but no floor to be laid.
The Exterior of the Dome to be of the best selected seasoned
Cypress. Balcony to have railing. Pedestals, turned (Urm ?) to each Pedestal
as shown in drawing. The body of the Dome: to have scroll pilasters- window
trimmings, Arches, Panels. Cornices, Pedments as indicated on plans &c. To
sheath the ribs of the Dome and prepare all work for the Tinner. To provide
and put up all Urns. carved work. flag staff &c. The Triplet windows in the
four sides of the Dome to have slats and not sashes. Slats to be l 1/4 in.
thick, 7 inches wide well lapped. There will be no sashes provided for the
four circular openings in the Dome in case the board of Commissioners do not
provide a clock, sashes will be furnished to the contractor and he will
without charge put on the same. To put a plank walk on the ceiling Joist
from well hole over the Gallery to the step ladder of the Dome. To put up
step ladder to reach the clock story. To perform all work necessary to
prepare for the Tinner and to render the Dome perfectly water proof.
To perform all work for the finish of the Porticos. The framing
of the floor of the 2nd Story of Portico to be 8 by 12 Girders. 3 in number
with 3 by 12 Joists Jogged down flush, running lengthways. The whole to be
floored with 2 inch grooved Cypress planks with 5/8 strip laid in White Lead
(mixed thick) and strongly nailed, the ends of the flooring to lap over the
inside edge of stone Curb at least 6 inches, and with water course grooved
back of Columns to throw the water on each side of said Columns. The
ceiling of the lst story of Portico to be of grooved and Tongued boards
beaded edges. The upper ceilings to be prepared for the plasterer.
Side Door, Balcony &c.:
To perform all work over side or end doors with Brackets,
Pedestals, Railings &c. set forth in drawings.
The four Doors marked (D) to have solid rabbeted frames,
dimensions shown on plans. Doors made of White Pine 2 3/4" thick, Paneled
and Moulded on front and lined diagonal with grooved and tongued 3/4 inch
boards, on the inside beaded edges and center beaded made double folded,
hung with 4 inch Butts and provided with 5 inch Mortice Locks of best
quality. Porcelain knobs with top and bottom bolts, flush. Doors marked (D2)
to have proper frames, 4 by 9 feet in the clear. Doors of White Pine, four
panels, moulded both sides, 1 3/4 thick, hung with 4 inch Butts, three bolts
to each door, and provided with 5 inch Mortice Locks. Porcelain Knobs
complete. One Door marked (D3) to have proper frame. Door made of White
Pine, double folding, 1 3/4 thick, each half 4 panels moulded both sides,
hung with 4 inch Butts, and provided with Porcelain knobs. Two Doors marked
(D4) to have proper frames. Doors of White Pine, 1 3/4 thick, 3.6 by 9.0 in
the clear, 4 panels moulded, hung with 4 inch Butts, and provided with 5
inch Mortice Locks. (Porcelain Knobs) of best quality, all Doors to have
carpet strips 3/4 thick (Chaneford- of Walsuet ?) .
(W1) The twenty two first Story windows to have boxed frames of
size and style set forth in drawings, Sashes of White Pine 1 3/4 thick, hung
with best Hemp Sash Cord and cast Iron weights.
(W2) The twelve second story window frames to be made solid
double, Sashes of White Pine 1 3/4 in thick. To put in head of frame a
pulley on each side, so that the top and bottom sash will be hung together
to balance each other.
(W3) The four
second Story windows in centre of each front to be continued to the floor
with Jib doors, Box frame and bottom Sash hung with weights. Sash above to
be the same as those marked (W2) Jib doors to 1 3/4 thick Rabbated, paneled,
hung with 3 inch Butts with bolts and spring fastenings, all windows to have
plain Jambs being Architraves of doors and windows of lst Story to be 5
inches wide Champered on both edges, 1 1/2 inches thick. The Architrave of
2nd story to be an 8 inch moulded Architrave. The Architraves of doors to
finish down to Plinth
Blocks, those windows to finish down on window stools and aprons moulded,
all Bases on
lst Story to be 10 inches high, moulding on upper edge solid stuck and
quarter round on floor. Base of 2nd floor to be 8 inches high moulding. The
walls to be wainscotted of grooved boards thus with neat moulded Cap
(membering ?) with mouldings of window stools .
To provide and put up neat Pilaster Mantle with moulded Base and
cap and bed moulding. Shelf 1 3/4 thick.
To build the stairs as located in drawings. Strong Carriages and
platforms. Tread and Risers (?rouied ?) into strings moulded and returned
nosing and Scotia. (Wallnut ?) 5 1/2 continued Rail and turned Walnut newell
( 12" ) Turned ash ( 3" ) Balusters dovetailed into treads. Treads of
1 1/2 ash. To provide a neat step ladder from Gallery to the roof. To trim
well hole in ceiling with Trap door at the head of this step ladder.
To perform all framing for the Gallery floor with grooved and
tongued Boards. To put up neat panelled work and Cornice in front of Gallery
and finish the whole in a workmanlike manner.
To provide and put up Platforms for Judges stand and Jury
seats. Judges stand 2 feet high with steps on both ends with plain front
with moulded base and nosing. The platform for Jury to be 8 inches high for
front row of seats and 16 high for back row.
To provide and put up neat prisoners box with turned Balusters
& moulded capping, raised floor (24 in) with Gate complete.
To provide and put up seats for the Public on the floor of the
Court Room as shown in plans, with neat scroll capped ends solid, open
backs, seats 14 in wide, 1 1/2 in thick. To put up Iron work furnished under
the head of Iron work.
To perform all carpenter work requisite to completely finish the
whole of the proposed building as set forth in the drawings.
To anchor all framing into the Brick work with wood anchors and
To provide 4 cast Iron Columns 21 feet long with moulded base
and enriched Caps. Columns to be 10 inches diameter at
the base and 8 1/2 diameter at the neck, casting 3/4 thick.
To provide eight (8) Corinthian Capitals and four Corinthian
Pilaster Capitals of Cast Iron, as per drawings, 22 inches at the neck. To
also provide cast Iron Bases for the above Columns and pilasters as per
To provide sixteen Cast Iron Lintels for 2nd story windows
(outside) as per design with anchors complete.
To provide the best of Tennessee Iron. Wrought Iron Rods, and
straps requisite for the roof and dome, also all bolts for the Tie beams
with all nuts, washers &c complete.
To provide neat Iron Railing with newels, Gates, &c. complete
with all necessary Elbows inlayed in floor to render the said Railing stiff
To provide and put up Lightening Rods with plated points,
properly connected and made to sink six feet in the ground, with all
requisite fastenings to wall strongly secured. All cast Iron work to
receive one coat of Paint before leaving the Foundry, and all Iron work to
be finished in the best and most workmanlike manner. To provide cast Iron
ventilators (16) in water Table 10 by 18 Eliptical.
To lath all Ceilings, Stud partitions &c required to be lathed.
To plaster the whole Interior with the best two coat on walls
and and three coat on lathed work, hard finished using the best stone lime
and clean sharp sand, full quantity of hair in the scratched Coat. Second
Coat thoroughly floated and White Coat well trowelled and left free from all
stains, cracks and other blemishes. The Court Room to have Cove around
ceiling 15 inches each way, and four (4) inch (each way) moulding run in the
panels of the ceiling in the Court Room.
To cement with the best Hydraulic Cement, The Basement on first
.story on the four sides, with Portico, Piers, Arches &c. (Rustias?) bands,
To run moulded friezes as per drawings. The above cement work to
start immediately above the Water Table to the underside of the stone string
Cornice between the 1st and 2nd stories.
To color the cementing with two coats of a stone color, well
sized, and laid on uniform in color.
To cover the Roof, The balcony, Platform of Dome, The curved
Roof of Dome, The top of level Cornice of Pediments, and all Pediment
projections so requiring Tinning in order to render the Dome perfectly water
tight. The Tinning of the Roof and Balcony, platforms of Dome to run into
the inside line of the framing, turned up around all Timbers, with all
required flushing &c to render the whole Roof and Dome work perfectly tight.
All Tin work to be put down standing groove of the best IX charcoal roofing
Tin plate, using 6 lbs. of solder per Sqr. with all joints hammered,
To put in all inside Gutters with four 5 inch down pipes, with
ample receiving heads. To flute the Portico Columns in Cement, with the
deminish set forth in drawings.
All outside wood and Iron work to be painted with the best three
coat work of a stone color. To also paint the Brick work of the main
Cornice, down to the lower edge of the (entablation ?) of the Portico.
All Interior wood and Iron work except floors and steps of
stairs to be painted with the best three coat work tinted white, using in
all painting the best white Lead and Linseed oil.
To grain in oak all Doors, platforms, stands and seats in Court
Room. To grain all Mantles in Marbles, all bases to be of a stone color, all
Tin work to be painted with two coats of the best Spanish Brown boiled
in the best linseed oil and put on when cold.
To provide and Glaze all sashes with the best French or
Pittsburg Window Glass. The whole to be well puttied and sprigged.
To varnish framing, Newell and Railing and Balusters of Stairs
with the best Copal varnish.
To finish the whole of the painting in the very best and the
most workmanlike manner.
We, Wyatt Sanford as principal and Asaph Neely, James Weir,
P.Y. Graves, T.F. Britt, G.B. Greer and John Critz as Security, do bind
ourselves, our heirs and legal Representatives to pay to the County of White
in the State of Arkansas the sum of Fifty Thousand dollars.
But this obligation is upon Condition as follows to witt.
The said Wyatt Sanford has this day contracted with said County
to build therein a Court House for said County for the sum of Twenty four
Thousand Nine hundred and Ninety Eight dollars, according to certain
specifications attached to said Contract, and the plans and drawings of said
House all of which are now on file in the office of the County Clerk of said
Now if said Wyatt Sanford shall faithfully perform his said
Contract by building, painting, plastering and in every way finishing and
completing said Court House in the manner and style and by the time
specified by said Contract, specifications, plans and drawing, then this
obligation shall be void.
Witness our hands this 9th day of September 1869.
Transcribed Oct. 30, 1989 by Cloie Presley. Exact wording and spelling is
given as close as possible.