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West Baton Rouge Parish

West 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 – Pointe Coupee ParishWest Feliciana Parish and East Feliciana Parish

E – East Baton Rouge Parish

S – Iberville Parish

W – Iberville Parish


Created:  March 31, 1807                       Map of Louisiana highlighting West Baton Rouge Parish

County Seat: 

St Michael  1807 – 1854

Port Allen   1854 – present


Parish Courthouse – Port Allen  


Location:  850 8th Street / Louisiana Avenue

Built:  1956 – 1957

Style:  Modern Greek Revival

Architect:  Goodman and Miller and John H Farrens Jr.

Contractor:  Ross E Cox


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Port Allen The west front has a large portico with six high columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The center of the building extends from the main building which has two story north and south wings. In the interior, the large Parish District Court courtroom is located on the north side of the second story. The building houses the Parish District Court of the 18th Judicial District.


Old Parish Courthouse – Port Allen  


Location:  845 Jefferson Avenue / Courthouse Street

Built:  1882

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Henry Thiberge

Contractor:   Adolph Thieson.


Description:  The building faces east and is a one story white colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Port Allen to the east of the courthouse. The east front has four white colored columns. And a recessed arched entrance. The roof is hipped.  The building houses the West Baton Rouge Museum. 


See:  The 18th Judicial District includes Iberville Parish and Pointe Coupee Parish.


History:  The parish was created in 1807 and St Michael was selected as the parish seat. The first courthouse was built in St Michael in 1807. The parish seat was moved to Port Allen in 1854 and the second courthouse was built. The building was sold in 1870 but was then rented until the third courthouse was built. The third courthouse was designed by Henry Thiberge and constructed by Adolph Thieson in 1882 and is still standing. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1956 to 1957.



Parish Courthouse – Port Allen















Parish District Court courtroom













Photos taken 2011 and 2019