Concordia Parish

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Concordia Parish is named for an early land grant called New Concordia from the “concord” reached by local authorities over a mutual surrender of slaves, or for a mansion called Concordia which was owned by Governor de Leomos, and “condoria” in Latin means “peace or harmony”.

 

Created:  April 10, 1805

Parish Seat  :        

Vidalia  1807 – present

 

Old Parish Courthouse – Vidalia 

 

Location:  North Spruce Street / Carter Street

Built:  1939 – 1940

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  J W Smith and Associates

Contractor: M T Reed Construction Company of Monroe

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a four story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Vidalia. The center section of the building projects from the main building. The central entrance is framed. The roof line is flat. On the north side is the one story Public Library which extends into the first story of the courthouse. The upper stories are vacant.

 

Parish Courthouse – Vidalia 

 

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Location:  4100 Carter Street / Advocates Drive

Built:  1978 – 1979

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Barron, Heinberg, Brocato of Alexandria

Contractor: Westerchil Construction Company in Alexandria

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the west of the center of Vidalia. The south center section is a recessed glass wall rising above the main building. The east and west wings have wide horizontal bands with buff brick between. The interior has a high atrium along the south side. The roof line is flat. The courtroom is located on the second story.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in Vidalia in 1837 and was destroyed by a tornado. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1843. The third courthouse was built in 1870 and was demolished in 1939. Due to the flooding of the Mississippi River, the town was moved inland and the fourth courthouse was constructed in 1939 at a cost of $100,000 and is still standing and used as a library. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1978 to 1979.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Tensas Parish

E – Adams County, Mississippi and Wilkinson County, Mississippi,

S – West Feliciana Parish and Pointe Coupee Parish

W – Avoyelles Parish and Catahoula Parish

 

 

 

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Old Parish Courthouse – Vidalia

 

 

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Parish Courthouse – Vidalia

 

 

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Courtroom under repair in 2019

 

 

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Photos taken 2011 and 2019