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Allen Parish

Allen Parish is named for Henry Watkins Allen, who was the Confederate governor of Louisiana.


Surrounding Parish Courthouses: 

N – Vernon Parish and Rapides Parish

E – Evangeline Parish

S – Jefferson Davis Parish

W – Beauregard Parish


Created:  June 12, 1912                         Map of Louisiana highlighting Allen Parish

Parish Seat: 

Oberlin  1912 – present


Parish Courthouse – Oberlin  


Location:  400 West 6th Avenue / North 5th Street

Built:  1914 – 1915

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Favrot & Livaudais

Contractor:  L R Wright and Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story gray colored stone, buff colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Oberlin. The building is set on an English basement. The first story plan consists of a pair of wide axial corridors with an imperial marble and steel staircase set at each end of the building. The structure is designed as a main block with a pair of two story side wings. On the east front, the center section extends from the main building. Above the first story entrance is a small balcony with eight columns on the second story with arched windows between. There is a balustrade with crest along the roof line. In the interior, the Parish District Court courtroom occupies the main block on the second story and is lit by three massive lunette windows front and rear.  The building houses the Parish District Court of the 33rd Judicial District.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Allen Parish Courthouse


History:  The parish was created in 1912 and Oberlin was selected as the parish seat. The courthouse is the first and only courthouse built in the parish.



Parish Courthouse – Oberlin

















Parish District Court courtroom













Photos taken 2011 and 2017