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East Baton Rouge Parish

East Baton Rouge Parish is named for “baton rouge” being French words meaning “red stick” referring to a tall cypress tree stripped of its bark and draped with freshly killed animals that marked the boundary between the hunting grounds of two Indian tribes in 1699.

 

Surrounding Parish Courthouses: 

N – East Feliciana Parish

E – Saint Helena Parish and Livingston Parish

S – Ascension Parish and Iberville Parish

W – West Baton Rouge ParishPointe Coupee Parish and West Feliciana Parish 

 

Created:  December 22, 1810                            Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana

Parish Seat: 

Baton Rouge  1810 – present

 

Parish Courthouse – Baton Rouge  

 

Location:  300 North Boulevard / St. Louis Street

Built:  2005 – 2007

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Post Architects and KPS Group

Contractor:  Walton Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a twelve story steel, glass and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Baton Rouge with the old Parish Courthouse on the south side. The first three stories have vertical dividers and vertical glass walls between. The west section is white stone. The east section is glass with an extended metal overhang at the roof line. There is a two story foyer at the entrance. The Parish District Court  courtrooms are located on the third story and upper stories. The eleventh story has an observation deck. The building houses the Parish District Court and Family of the 19th Judicial District. 

 

 

Government and Judicial Complex – Baton Rouge  

 

 

Location:  222 St. Louis Street / Louisiana Avenue

Built:  1975 – 1977

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Desmond-Miremont & Associates and Wilson & Coleman

Contractor:  Charles Carter & Company, Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a ten story steel, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Baton Rouge to the west of the old Parish Courthouse. The building has vertical concrete pillars with horizontal windows between. The upper part of the building extends outwards. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the Governmental and Judicial Complex and houses The Parish Administration and Baton Rouge City Hall. In 2007, the courts moved into the new Parish Courthouse to the northeast.

 

Old Parish Courthouse – Baton Rouge  

 

 

Location:  223 St. Louis Street / Louisiana Avenue

Built:  1921 – 1922

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Edward F Neild and C E Olshner

Contractor:  Caldwell Brothers

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Baton Rouge. The west front has eight square opening and a central entrance on the first story. Twelve columns rise from the second story to the top of the third story with recessed windows behind. The brick on the first story is horizontal. A balustrade runs along the flat roof line. The interior has a high foyer with stairs on the north side. The building has five courtrooms and the main courtroom is located on the first story. The building now houses the City Courts of Baton Rouge. 

 

History:  The parish was created in 1810 and Baton Rouge was selected as the parish seat. The first courthouse was built in Baton Rouge in 1807 and served as the courthouse from 1810 to 1857. The courthouse was later converted into a public school. The second courthouse was designed by Henry Kean and F Arbour and constructed in 1857. The third courthouse was constructed in 1921 to 1922 and is still standing. The fourth courthouse was constructed in 1975 to 1977 as the Governmental and Judicial Complex and the fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 2005 to 2007.

 

See:  Louisiana First Court of Appeal

 

 

Parish Courthouse – Baton Rouge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parish District Court – Civil courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governmental and Judicial Complex – Baton Rouge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Parish Courthouse – Baton Rouge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2011 and 2019