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Saint Martin Parish

Saint Martin Parish is named for Saint Martin of Tours, who was French Bishop of Tours.

 

Surrounding Parish Courthouses: 

N – Saint Landry Parish and Pointe Coupee Parish

E – Iberville ParishIberia Parish and Assumption Parish

S – Saint Mary Parish

W – Saint Mary Parish, Iberia Parish and Lafayette Parish

 

Created:  April 17, 1811                          Map of Louisiana highlighting Saint Martin Parish

Parish Seat: 

St. Martinville  1811 – present

 

Parish Courthouse – St. Martinville 

 

Location:  400 South Main Street / Claiborne Street

Built:  1853 – 1859

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  John Moore, Alexandre DeClouer, Valery Martin, Alexander Landry and Charles M Oliver

Contractor:  John Moore, Alexandre DeClouer, Valery Martin, Alexander Landry and Charles M Oliver using slave labor

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story white colored stucco structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of St. Martinville. The west front has a large portico supported by four large columns supporting a pediment at the roof line. The roof is hipped. In the interior, the large Parish District Court courtroom is located in the center of the second story. The smaller Parish District Court courtroom is located in the north wing on the second story. The building houses the Parish District Court of the 16th Judicial District. An addition was added on the east side in 1937. The architect was Favrot & Reed of New Orleans and the contractor was Pittman Brothers Construction Company of New Orleans. In 1955, two wings and a three story annex were added. The architect was Goodman & Miller and the contractor was Herman L Bienvenu. A further addition was added in 1966. The architect was Miller Smith Champagne, Inc. and the contractor was Herpeche Construction Company, Inc. In 2011 the building was renovated and the second courtroom was added. The architect was Maurice Laporte of Angelle Architects and the contractor was M D Descant Incorporated.

 

See:  The courthouse is the second oldest courthouse still in use in Louisiana. Other old courthouses still in use are located in East Feliciana Parish ( 1841 ), Claiborne Parish ( 1861 ) and Lafourche Parish ( 1862 ).

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – St. Martin Parish Courthouse

 

See:  The 16th Judicial District includes Iberia Parish and Saint Mary Parish.

 

History:  The parish was created in 1811 and St. Martinville was selected as the parish seat. The first courthouse was built Neuville Declouer in 1810 to 1813. The second courthouse was built by Thomas John son and John Brown in 1839 to 1840 at a cost of $8,000. The cost of construction of the third and present courthouse in 1859 was $10,000. The cost of the 1955 additions was $230,273.

 

 

Parish Courthouse Annex – St. Martinville 

 

 

Location:  415 St. Martin Street / Claiborne Street

Built:  2008 – 2009

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Glenn Angelle of Angelle Architects

Contractor:  Master Builders and Specialists

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a one story white colored stucco structure. The building is located on the east side of the courthouse in the center of St. Martinville. The southwest side has a two story section with first story entrance with a column on each side. The roof is hipped. 

 

Parish Administration Building – St. Martinville 

 

 

Location:  301 West Port Street  /  M L King Jr. Drive

Built:  1996 – 1997

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Al J Landry

Contractor:  Bullard Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a one story structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of St. Martinville. The north front has a central portico. The roof is hipped. The building is named as the Annex Building.

 

 

Parish Courthouse – St. Martinville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parish District Court small courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parish District Court large courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Construction 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parish Courthouse Annex – St. Marinville

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parish Administration Building – St. Martinville

 

 

Photos taken 2011 and 2017