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Winn Parish

Winn Parish is named for Walter Winn, who was a Louisiana state legislator.


Surrounding Parish Courthouses: 

N – Bienville Parish and Jackson Parish

E – Caldwell Parish and La Salle Parish

S –  Grant Parish

W – Natchitoches Parish


Created:  February 24, 1852                              Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana

County Seat: 

Winnfield  1852 – present


Parish Courthouse – Winnfield  


Location:  119 West Main Street / North Jones Street

Built:  1961 – 1962

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Nolan, Norman & Nolan

Contractor:  Ranni Terral


Description:  The building faces north and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Winnfield. The north front has a recessed central entrance on the second story. On the south side the lower story is exposed by the slope of the hill. The windows are vertical. A white colored horizontal band runs below the flat roof line. In the interior, the Parish District Court courtroom is located on the south side. The building houses the Parish District Court of the 8th Judicial District. 


History:  The parish was created in 1852 and Winnfield was selected as the parish seat. The first court was held in a saloon at Albright’s Prairie ten miles south of Winnfield. The first courthouse was a log structure built in 1852 on the square. The second courthouse was built in 1855 and moved to Winnfield in 1860 but was destroyed by fire in 1868. The third courthouse was a two story structure built in 1875 but was also destroyed by fire in 1886. From 1886 until 1896, the court met in an old store building. The fourth courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by W S Hull and constructed by W S Hull and F B Hull in 1892 to 1896. The building burned in 1917 and was replaced in 1922 with the fifth courthouse designed by J W Smith and constructed by Caldwell Brother Construction Company. The sixth courthouse was constructed in 1960 to 1962.



Parish Courthouse – Winnfield



















Parish District Court courtroom















Plaque 1922 Parish Courthouse

Photos taken 2011 and 2019