Tensas Parish

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Tensas Parish is named for The Tensas or Taensa Native American people.


Created:  March 17, 1843

Parish Seat  :        

Saint Joseph  1843 – present


Parish Courthouse – Saint Joseph


Location:  124 Hancock Street / 2nd Street

Built:  1906 – 1907

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Patrick Henry Weathers of Jackson, Mississippi

Contractor:  M T Lewman & Company of Louisville, Kentucky


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story brown colored stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Saint Joseph. The north front has a central portico with four high columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The northwest and northeast wings extend at an angle. The roof is sloped. On the center of the roof is a square white cupola with white colored dome. The building was renovated in 1984. The architect was Herbert H Land Architects Inc. and the contractor was Jackie W Gilbert Construction Company.


See:  The architect, Patrick Henry Weathers of Jackson, Mississippi, designed courthouses in Mississippi in Lamar County, Lee County and Marion County; in Missouri in Cape Giradeau County, Daviess County and Stoddart County;  and in Oklahoma in Ellis County, Logan County and Washington County.


See:  The contractor M T Lewman and Company of Louisville, Kentucky.



N – Madison Parish

E – Warren County, Mississippi, Claiborne County, Mississippi and Jefferson County, Mississippi

S – Concordia Parish

W – Catahoula Parish and Franklin Parish





Parish Courthouse – Saint Joseph













Photos taken 2011