Saint James Parish

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St. James

Saint James Parish is named for James the Just, who was a relative of Jesus Christ and the first bishop of Jerusalem.


Surrounding Parish Courthouses: 

N – Ascension Parish

E – Saint John the Baptist Parish

S – Lafourche Parish

W – Assumption Parish


Created:  March 31, 1807                       Map of Louisiana highlighting St. James Parish

Parish Seat: 

Convent  1807 – present


Parish Courthouse – Convent  


Location:  5800 Highway 44 / Canalella Street

Built:  1969 – 1970

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hamilton, Meyer and Associates Inc.

Contractor:  Union Construction Company, Inc.


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story white colored concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Convent. The south front has a recessed entrance on the first story with stairs to the second story. The windows are large. The roof line is flat. On the west side is the one story glass and concrete Parish Judicial Building constructed in 2010 to 2011. The architect was  N-Y Associates, Inc. and the contractor was B E T Construction, Inc.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in Covenant in 1869 when the parish seat was moved to the east side of the Mississippi River. The second courthouse was designed by Andrew J Bryan and constructed by M T Lewman in 1904. The building was enlarged in 1939. The architect was N W Overstreet and A Hayes Towne and constructed by J C Murphy. The courthouse burned in 1970. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1971 to 1972.




Parish Courthouse – Convent



















Police Jury Room







Parish Judicial Building










Photos taken 2011 and 2019