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Plaquemines Parish

Plaquemines Parish is named for a word “paresimmons” created from the Louisiana Creole French and the Mobile Native American languages.



N – Orleans Parish and Saint Bernard Parish

E – Gulf of Mexico

S – Gulf of Mexico

W – Gulf of Mexico and Jefferson Parish


Created:  March 31, 1807                       Map of Louisiana highlighting Plaquemines Parish

Parish Seat: 

Point Pleasant       1807 – 1842

Plaquemines          1842 – 1846

Pointe a la Hache   1846 – present


Temporary Parish Courthouse – Belle Chasse


Location:  301 Main Street / Avenue G

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story cream colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Belle Chasse. The west front has two entrances on the first story. Vertical piasters are along the front. The roof is sloped. The building is the Plaquemines Parish Government Annex and served as the courthouse from 2002 when the courthouse burned. The court moved in 2019 to the new courthouse at Pointe a la Hache. 


Parish Courthouse – Pointe a la Hache



Location:  18055 State Highway / Fontenell Lane

Built:  2016 – 2019

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Linfield Hunter & Junius Inc. of Mataire

Contractor:  Larmar Contractors Inc. of Luling


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a four story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Pointe a la Hache with the ruins of the old courthouse on the west side. The first story is open with pillars supporting the upper stories. The Parish Council Chamber is on the south side of the second story and the Parish District Court courtroom is on the south side of the third story. The building houses the Parish District Court of the 25th Judicial District. 




Note:  The engineers were Linfield Hunter & Junius Engineers. The cost of construction was $13,500,000. The second lowest bidder, Landis Construction Co. LLC, came in at just over $14,200,000.


Old Parish Courthouse – Pointe a la Hache



Location:  100 North State Street / Fontenell Lane

Built:  1890 – 1891

Style:  Renaissance Revival

Architect:  N Downey & Kiddell

Contractor:  Surgi & Topp


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building faces onto the Mississippi River. The west front has a high clock tower with an arched entrance on the first story. The building stands in ruins after a fire on January 12, 2002. The building was rebuilt in 1915 to 1916. The architect was N Richarme and the contractor was Lionel F Favret. An addition was constructed in 1955. The architect was Warner & Nolan.


History:  The parish was created in 1807 and Point Pleasant was selected as the parish seat. In 1842, the parish seat was moved to Plaquemines.  A jail was built in Pointe a la Hache in 1835 which became the parish seat in 1846. The first courthouse was built in 1890 and burned in 2002. The second courthouse was a temporary building in Belle Chasse and the third courthouse was constructed in 2016 to 2019.



Parish Courthouse – Pointe a la Hache















Parish District Court courtroom













Parish Council Chamber







Temporary Parish Courthouse – Belle Chasse







Former Courtroom





Old Parish Courthouse – Pointe a la Hache







Ruins rebuilt in 2019









Photos taken 2011 and 2019