Tangipahoa Parish

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Tangiphahoa

Tangipahoa Parish is named for the Acolapissa Native American word meaning “ear of corn” or “those who gather corn”.

 

Created:  March 6, 1869

Parish Seat: 

Amite  1869 – present

 

Parish Courthouse – Amite 

 

Location:  100 South Bay Street / East Mulberry Street

Built:  1967 – 1969

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Desmond Miremont & Associates and J C Kersten & Associates

Contractor:  Polk Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Amite. The west front has a recessed entrance on the first story. On the second story is a large glass wall with vertical dividers on both sides. Above is a large concrete section. On the north and south are buff colored brick walls. The roof line is flat. The courtrooms are located on the second story.

 

Note:  The first courthouse in 1869 was a two story building built in 1852 to 1853 as a store. The building is still standing on the northwest corner of NW Central Avenue and West Mulberry Street. The second courthouse was built in 1873. The third courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1883. The fourth courthouse was a three story brick structure designed by William S Hull of Jackson Mississippi and constructed by F B Hull Construction Company of Jackson, Mississippi in 1907. An addition was designed by Favrot & Reed of New Orleans and constructed by Farnell Blair of Lake Charles in 1938. The building was demolished and the fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1967.

 

First Parish Courthouse – Amite 

 

Location:  NW – NW Central Avenue / West Mulberry Street

Built:  1852 – 1853

Style:  Commercial

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story wood frame structure. The building is located in the old plaza area in the center of Amite. The building was built as a store and served as the first courthouse from 1869 to 1873. On the east front is the central entrance on the first story and four white colored pilasters rising to the gabled roof.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Amite County, Mississippi and Pike County, Mississippi

E – Washington Parish and Saint Tammany Parish

S – Jefferson Parish, Saint Charles Parish and Saint John the Baptist Parish

W – Livingston Parish and Saint Helena Parish

 

 

 

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Parish Courthouse – Amite

 

 

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Plaque 1908 County Courthouse

 

 

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Plaque 1938 Courthouse Addition

 

 

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Photos taken 2011 and 2019