Catahoula Parish

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Catahoula Parish is named for Catahoula Lake which is named for the Tensas Native American word meaning “big, clear lake”.


Created:  March 23, 1808

Parish Seat: 

Harrisonburg  1808 – present


County Courthouse – Harrisonburg 


Location:  301 Bushley Street / Pine Street

Built:  1930 – 1931

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  J W Smith and Associates

Contractor:  Tudor & Ratcliff


Description:  The building faces east and Built in 1930, the building is a four story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Harrisonburg. On the east and west sides are three arches on the first story which is faced with stone, and above are six columns rising to the top of the third story. A wide stone band runs below the third story roof line which has a balustrade. The fourth story is recessed. An addition was constructed on the south side in 1976. The architect was baron, Heinberg and Brocato and the contractor was Westerchil Construction Company..


Note: The architect firm, J W Smith and Associates, designed many of  the courthouses in Louisiana. These courthouses are found in Caldwell Parish, East Carroll Parish, Jackson Parish, Madison Parish, Natchitoches Parish and Ouachita Parish



N – Caldwell Parish and Franklin Parish

E – Tensas Parish and Concordia Parish

S – Avoyelles Parish 

W – La Salle Parish





Parish Couthouse – Harrisonburg
















Photos taken 2011