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 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
S – Concordia Parish
Photos taken 2011