Alexandria Historic Preservation Commission

Alexandria Historic Preservation Commission Historic Preservation Commission of Alexandria, LA

Appointed by the Mayor of Alexandria and confirmed by Alexandria City Council in March 2006, we are volunteer citizens who are committed to the preservation of historic structures and neighborhoods in Alexandria. The Alexandria Historic Preservation Commission does not recommend or endorse contractors.

Mission: Our purpose is to encourage the preservation and protection of local historic districts and landmark structures in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation
01/12/2017
Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation

Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation

If you're interested in saving or rehabilitating a historic building in northeast Louisiana, join us at the Delhi Civic Center (232 Denver Street) from 6-8 pm for the first of our "Making the Most of Your Historic Building" meetings. We'll cover tax credits, protective easements, National Register of Historic Places listing and the benefits of becoming a Main Street Community or LA Cultural District. Here are the locations and dates of upcoming meetings. We'll post details about each of the meetings on our page as they are confirmed.

Jan 24 Natchitoches 6 – 8 pm
Fort St. Jean Baptiste Interpretive Center
Feb 07 Amite City
Feb 16 Jennings
Mar 07 Baton Rouge
Mar 21 Ruston
Apr 04 Thibodaux
Apr 18 Marksville
May 09 Jeanerette
May 23 Shreveport
Jun 06 Opelousas
Jun 20 DeRidder

http://www.knoe.com/content/news/Holding-on-to-historic-structures-in-2017.html

National Trust for Historic Preservation
10/05/2016
National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

By transforming the places we live to places we love, older buildings are a key and irreplaceable component of this future, and we are richer and stronger when they remain.

09/21/2016

Thanks to the new accessibility of Central Louisiana's historic newspapers through the Rapides Parish Library website, we've been utilizing this amazing resource to do a little architectural research on Alexandria's Guaranty Bank building, now the Capital One building on 3rd Street, which was designed by distinguished New Orleans architect, Emile Weil (evidenced by a June 4, 1921 article from the Weekly Town Talk!). Emile Weil designed a vast collection of buildings throughout New Orleans and the South, including many Saenger theatres.

Click on the following link to learn more about Emile Weil and his designs:

http://www.knowla.org/entry/795/

09/09/2016
Good Day Cenla

Check out this upcoming workshop hosted by the Alexandria Genealogy Library (which is located in the old 1908 Alexandria Public Library downtown at Washington and 5th) - a great resource for Alexandria and Central Louisiana that can help uncover the histories behind historic properties.

Need some tips researching your family history? A Genealogy Workshop is coming up soon.

09/09/2016
Watch Full Episodes Online of Louisiana Public Broadcasting Presents on PBS | Louisiana Travels 3 with Charlie Whinham

http://www.pbs.org/video/2365838549/

Jump to 21:20 for a fascinating look into the historic context of the Hotel Bentley!

Back by popular demand, I am travelling the countryside to find some of Louisiana's top travel destinations. Dip a hook at Toledo Bend Reservoir, the number one lake for bass fishing in the country for the past two years. Preservationists in Alexandria have reopened the historic Hotel Bentley. This…

The Town Talk Alexandria, La.
07/15/2016
The Town Talk Alexandria, La.

The Town Talk Alexandria, La.

The building being donated rather than purchased opens up avenues for potential development.

Fascinating article on the history of Alexandria, as told in 1896 by Miss Lula McGinnis; submitted in a competition held...
06/09/2016
The Louisiana Democrat. (Alexandria, La.) 1845-1918, August 05, 1896, Image 2

Fascinating article on the history of Alexandria, as told in 1896 by Miss Lula McGinnis; submitted in a competition held by the conductors of the "Summer Normal School" for the best history of Alexandria.

The Louisiana Democrat. (Alexandria, La.) 1845-1918, August 05, 1896, Image 2, brought to you by Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA, and the National Digital Newspaper Program.

Do you see the resemblance between the property pictured below and the house at 2036 Jackson Street in Alexandria's Gard...
06/03/2016
Atlas Obscura

Do you see the resemblance between the property pictured below and the house at 2036 Jackson Street in Alexandria's Garden District? While there are some variations, they're both examples of the Magnolia plan kit house offered by Sears. Who knows how many Sears kit houses there are in Alexandria's historic neighborhoods!

From 1908 through 1940, Sears sold entire DIY house-building kits.

The Town Talk Alexandria, La.
05/25/2016
The Town Talk Alexandria, La.

The Town Talk Alexandria, La.

The Main Library was recognized for it's architecture to the credit of designer Eugene "Gene" Glankler.

05/18/2016
Culture official: 'real momentum' in Alexandria

Great message from Phil Boggan yesterday about the role of historic preservation in Alexandria's tourism industry and economy:

"Every community is unique. You don't want to be a generic downtown. That's why you want to hold on to the assets you have. These buildings tell the story of a community. The locals can identify with them."

http://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/local/alexandria/2016/05/17/culture-official-real-momentum-alexandria/84498984/

Arts community, new preservation projects cited

Sears wasn't the only company that produced kit houses: check out this album of kit houses from the 1926 Wardway Homes C...
05/10/2016
1926 Wardway Homes::Kit Houses from the Montgomery Ward Catalog

Sears wasn't the only company that produced kit houses: check out this album of kit houses from the 1926 Wardway Homes Catalog, offered by Montgromery Ward.

Wardway Homes The Mail Order House Montgomery Ward & Co. sold kit houses just like Sears did. This is the complete catalog from 1925. ~New Acquisitions~ The Daily Bungalow has had more than 15 million page views thanks to our friends. We want to say thanks by offering content just for you. See w...

Just in time for Preservation Month! First United Methodist Church has been listed on the National Register of Historic ...
05/06/2016
KALB News Channel 5

Just in time for Preservation Month! First United Methodist Church has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places - don't miss the dedication ceremony and unveiling of the plaque on May 15th, one of the many ways to celebrate the places that matter to you in Alexandria this month.

The National Register of Historic Places has officially placed First United Methodist Church on a list of that recognizes the nation's historic places worthy of preservation.

Hotel Bentley now hiring
04/07/2016
Hotel Bentley now hiring

Hotel Bentley now hiring

It’s been more than 10 years, but the historic Hotel Bentley is getting closer to reopening.

One of the most useful resources for understanding historic buildings and informing rehabilitation projects are architec...
04/05/2016
'He was an artist': Noted Alexandria architect's blueprints found

One of the most useful resources for understanding historic buildings and informing rehabilitation projects are architectural drawings, which are often difficult to place. The Barksdale collection sheds light on so many historic buildings in Alexandria! Be sure to attend the tour of the last home Fred Barksdale designed this Saturday, where some of these plans will be on display. For more information go to:

http://www.thehacl.org/#!April-9-1st-and-only-showingtour-the-Harold-Poole-Home/x0u03/56d750c90cf249e9dfcfb539

http://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/local/2016/04/01/he-artist-noted-alexandria-architects-blueprints-found/82428282/

Thousands of blueprints saved after nearly being trashed.

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Alexandria, LA

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 13:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 13:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 13:00
Thursday 08:00 - 13:00
Friday 08:00 - 13:00

Telephone

318.449.5040

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