Rapides Parish Courthouse and Jail – Alexandria LA

Description

The Rapides Parish Courthouse was undertaken in Alexandria, Louisiana during the Great Depression with the assistance of funds provided by the Public Works Administration (PWA). The facilities were part of the largest wave of courthouse construction in Louisiana history, with eleven total courthouses erected in the period of  1936-1940.

The courthouse featured a “streamlined bas-relief characterization of justice” (Leighninger, 2007b p. 96) and “Moses, staring sternly forward, law books in his lap” (Leighninger, 2007a, p. 117). It was, along with the Natchitoches Parish courthouse, one of only two Louisiana courthouses erected during the period to feature heavy use such of bas-relief sculptures. The courthouse was constructed at a cost of $588,528.

Project Details

Federal Cost Local Cost Total Cost Project #'s
588528

Source notes

Leighninger, R. (February 1, 2011). Public Works Administration Architecture. In David Johnson (Ed.) KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 2010. Retrieved from http://knowla.org/entry/495/

Leighninger, R. D. (2007a). Building Louisiana: The Legacy of the Public Works Administration. The University Press of Mississippi.

Leighninger, R. D. (2007b). Long-range public investment: The forgotten legacy of the New Deal. University of South Carolina Press.

Project originally submitted by Susan C. Allen on December 4, 2014.

We welcome contributions of additional information on any New Deal project site.

SUBMIT MORE INFORMATION OR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THIS SITE

Location Info


701 Murray Street
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301

Coordinates: 31.308696, -92.447181

Leave a Reply

Before leaving a comment, please note:

  • Comments allow viewers to share information with others or alert us to errors or changes in a New Deal site.
  • We are not involved in the management of New Deal sites and have no information about visits, hours or rentals.
  • This page shows all the information we have for this site; if you have new information or photos to share, click below.

SUBMIT MORE INFORMATION OR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THIS SITE

We welcome contributions of additional information on any New Deal project site.

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.