East Baton Rouge Parish

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East Baton Rouge

East 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.

 

Created:  December 22, 1810

Parish Seat: 

Baton Rouge  1810 – present

 

District Courthouse – Baton Rouge  

 

Location:  300 North Boulevard / St. Louis Street

Built:  2005 – 2007

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Post Architects and KPS Group

Contractor:  Walton Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a twelve story steel, glass and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Baton Rouge with the old Parish Courthouse on the south side. The first three stories have vertical dividers and vertical glass walls between. The east section is glass with an extended metal overhang at the roof line. The west section is white colored stone. The entrance foyer rises two stories. The courtrooms are located on the upper stories. The eleventh story has a glass observation deck.

 

Government and Judicial Complex – Baton Rouge  

 

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Location:  222 St. Louis Street / Louisiana Avenue

Built:  1975 – 1977

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Desmond-Miremont & Associates and Wilson & Coleman

Contractor:  Charles Carter & Company, Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a ten story steel, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Baton Rouge to the west of the old Parish Courthouse. The building has vertical concrete pillars with horizontal windows between. The upper part of the building extends outwards. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the Governmental and Judicial Complex and houses The Parish Administration and Baton Rouge City Hall. In 2007, the courts moved into the new Parish Courthouse to the northeast.

 

Old Parish Courthouse – Baton Rouge  

 

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Location:  223 St. Louis Street / Louisiana Avenue

Built:  1921 – 1922

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Edward F Neild and C E Olshner

Contractor:  Caldwell Brothers

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Baton Rouge. The west front has eight square opening and a central entrance on the first story. Twelve columns rise from the second story to the top of the third story with windows behind. The brick on the first story is horizontal. A balustrade runs along the flat roof line. The interior has a high two story foyer with stairs on the north side. The main courtroom is located on the first story.  The building houses the Baton Rouge City Court.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in Baton Rouge in 1807 and later converted into a public school. The second courthouse was designed by Henry Kean and F Arbour and constructed in 1857. The third courthouse was constructed in 1921 to 1922. The fourth courthouse was constructed in 1957 as the Governmental and Judicial Complex and the fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 2005 to 2007.

 

See:  Louisiana First Court of Appeal

 

Courthouses: 

N – East Feliciana Parish

E – Saint Helena Parish and Livingston Parish

S – Ascension Parish and Iberville Parish

W – West Baton Rouge ParishPointe Coupee Parish and West Feliciana Parish 

 

 

 

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Parish Courthouse – Baton Rouge

 

 

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Governmental and Judicial Complex – Baton Rouge

 

 

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Old Parish Courthouse – Baton Rouge

 

 

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Photos taken 2011 and 2019