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DeSoto Parish Chamber of Commerce

DESOTO PARISH COURTHOUSE AUTHOR UNKNOWN This historic building was designed by the archi- the Parish of DeSoto. This semi-fireproof building tectural firm of Favrot & Livaudais, Ltd. of New will cost $100,000 when complete and will be Orleans – a firm noted for designs that were lit- one of the most modern and convenient temples erally “ahead of their time.” In keeping with the of justice to be found in Louisiana outside of importance of the building, it was placed on the large cities.” National Register of Historic Places. Constructed On July 19, 1997, the citizens of DeSoto Parish in 1911, the two-story brick building features voted yes to a proposal for renovation of the projected main block and lower flanking wings; courthouse and annex. The $4.7 million in gen- piano nobile of the main block; and three mas- eral obligation bonds will be used to renovate sive arched openings with coupled iconic col- and restore the courthouse and annex to provide umns in between. vitally needed office space and records storage Of special interest to historians are the records of for the numerous agencies including the sheriff, the parish. Many of these records are the origi- district attorney, court, police jury, tax assessor nal handwritten documents dating from 1843. and clerk of court. A one mill, ten-year property We are fortunate that the records survived the tax is expected to generate $135,000 annually Civil War. These old papers are fragile and the for operating and maintaining the two buildings. environment in which they are stored is of vital The architect is Mike Mason of Mason and As- importance to their preservation. sociates. The Committee for Renovation of the The October 25, 1911 issue of The Enterprise Courthouse is made up of citizens appointed by details it as a “place of interest to visit in Mans- the Police Jury. field. Look at the foundation of the courthouse for YOU KNOW ITBY THE FEELIN’! (318) 425-3470 7500 YOUREE DRIVE 4


DeSoto Parish Chamber of Commerce
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