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Saint Bernard Parish

Saint Bernard Parish is named for Saint Bernard, who was the patron saint of Bernardo de Galvez, who granted land to the Canary Islanders who settled in the area in 1778 while Louisiana was under Spanish rule.


Surrounding Parish and County Courthouses: 

N – Orleans ParishHancock County, Mississippi and Harrison County, Mississippi

E – Gulf of Mexico

S – Gulf of Mexico

W – Plaquemines Parish and Orleans Parish


Created:  March 31, 1807                       Map of Louisiana highlighting St. Bernard Parish

Parish Seat: 

Saint Bernard  1807 – 1939

Chalmette        1939 – present


Parish Courthouse – Chalmette


Location:  1101 East Bernard Highway / Jackson Boulevard

Built:  1939 – 1940

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Weiss, Dreyfous & Seiferth

Contractor:  R P Farnsworth & Company, Inc.


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story cream colored stone and concrete  structure. The building is located on Courthouse Square with landscaped grounds in the center of Chalmette. The south front has five recessed vertical sections with entrances on the first story and glass panels above. There is a wide header below the roof line. The east and west wings are lower and recessed. The roof line is flat. In the interior, there is a large atrium on the south side with stairs on either side ascending to the second story. There are stained glass windows and Art Deco light fixtures. The large Parish District Court courtroom is located at the center of the north side of the second story with entrance off the atrium. The building was damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and was renovated in 2011 to 2013. The architect was Fauntleroy, Latham, Weldon. Barre Architects and the contractor was F H Myers Construction Company and Landis Construction Company. The building is named as the Jack F Rowley Courthouse.


Note:  The courthouse was the brain child of architect Solis Seiferth and was inspired by the grand temple of Mesopotamia, an ancient building in Iraq. Construction was completed by laborers under the works Progress Administration during the Great Depression.


Old Parish Courthouse – Saint Bernard



Location:  1201 Bayou Road / Beauregard Lane

Built:  1915 – 1916

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Toledano and Wogon

Contractor:  Unknown ( J C Bourg )


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story cream colored poured concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds and was part of the Beauregard High School, The courtroom is located on the second story. The building was damaged by hurricane Katrina in 2005 and was renovated from 2005 to 2013.


History:  The parish was created in 1807 and Saint Bernard was selected as the parish seat. The first courthouse was built on the Saint Bernard site in 1848 and was destroyed by fire in 1884. The second courthouse was built by Harmon Turner in 1884 and the building was destroyed by a hurricane in 1915. The third courthouse was constructed in 1915 to 1916 and is still standing. In 1939, the parish seat was moved to Chalmette. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1939 to 1940.



Parish Courthouse – Chalmette

























Parish District Court courtroom

















Construction 2011







Old Parish Courthouse – Saint Bernard

















Photos taken 2011, 2017 and 2019