Ascension Parish

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Ascension

Ascension Parish is named for the Ascension of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church in Donaldson.

 

Created:  March 31, 1807

Parish Seat: 

Donaldsonville  1807 – present

 

Parish Courthouse – Donaldsonville  

 

Location:  30 Houmas Street / Nicholas Street

Built:  1888 – 1889

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Jason Freret

Contractor:  Building Committee

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Donaldsonville. The east front has a large arch on the first story with a square red colored brick clock tower rising above the entrance. The roof is hipped. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building burned in 1889 and was rebuilt by the Building Committee and the architect was Jason Freret. The building was enlarged and renovated in 1938. The architect was Budeman & Murrell and the contractor was R P Farnsworth & Company, Inc. The building was renovated 1n 1982. The architect was Perez Associates and Studio Four. The building was enlarged in 2006. The architect was Henry L Chavin Architect LLC and the contractor was Stafford Construction Company. On the south side is the Clerk’s Office.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1810 and the second courthouse was designed by Henry Howard and built by George Weldon in 1846. The third courthouse was built by Thomas Supple in 1867 and burned in 1889. The Building Committee oversaw the construction of the fourth and present courthouse constructed in 1888 to 1889.

 

Courthouses: 

N – East Baton Rouge Parish

E – Livingston Parish and  Saint John the Baptist Parish

S – Saint James Parish and Assumption Parish

W – Iberville Parish

 

 

 

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Parish Courthouse – Donaldsonville

 

 

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Parish Clerk’s Office

 

 

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Photos taken 2011 and 2019