Lafourche Parish

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Lafourche

Lafourche Parish is named for the French word “la fourche” meaning “the fork” of the Mississippi River.

 

Created:  April 10, 1805

Parish Seat: 

Thibodaux  1807 – present

 

Parish Courthouse – Thibodaux  

 

Location:  200 Green Street / West 3rd Street

Built:  1858 – 1862

Style:  Beaux Arts and Baroque

Architect:  John Lyall, F Michael and A B Thibodaux

Contractor:  John Lyall, F Michael and A B Thibodaux

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story masonry sheathed in white colored stucco structure. The original building has a south and east wing added in 1903 and a southeast added in 1951 and north wing added in 1958. The west front has a large portico supported by four large columns rising a pediment at the roof line.  On the center of the roof is a rounded dome. The architect for the 1903 additions was Favrot & Livaudais. In 1958, the architect was Fernand T Piou and the contractor was J B Talley & Company. The building was renovated in 1959.

 

Note : The first courthouse was built in in 1818 and the second courthouse built in 1846. In 1852, the Parish Police Jury appointed John Lyall, F Michael and A B Thibodaux to develop plans and oversee the construction of the present courthouse which is the second oldest courthouse in Louisiana, still in use.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Lafourche Parish Courthouse

 

Note:  Other old courthouses are located in Claiborne Parish, East Feliciana Parish and Saint Martin Parish.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Saint James Parish and Saint John the Baptist Parish

E – Saint Charles Parish and Jefferson Parish

S – Gulf of Mexico

W – Terrebonne Parish and Assumption Parish

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2011