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BATON ROUGE | and environs

Like many others, Baton Rouge is a city with several business districts. CBD (Central Business District) is a term widely used in Louisiana, basically the downtown district. Other groups of midrises are located in the southern reaches of the city including Tiger Town/North Gate, north of LSU, dating from the 50's and now showing a comeback with many new condominium projects, South Gate, a newer district south of the campus, CitiPlace, and Towne Center near the I-10/I-12 split . In the southeastern areas are United Plaza stretching along Essen between I-10 and I-12, and other office and medical districts along Essen Lane, Bluebonnet Blvd, and Seigen Lane adjacent to I-10, and along Perkins Road connecting them. Sherwood Corporate is farther east along Sherwood Forest south of I-12. On the north side, opposite Metro Airport, the new Harding Place development is underway. Here are a few photos of Louisiana's Capitol City. As they become available I will add more.

Downtown Baton Rouge is a blend of old and new

On the northern limits of the CBD lies the State governmental complex, including:

The Louisiana Capitol, a 34-story, 450-foot Alabama limestone-clad skyscraper, is an excellent example of a greatly simplified classicism with Art Deco details that were in vogue for monumental buildings in the late 1920s. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is America's tallest capitol building.

now illuminated, it can be seen at a distance of 20 miles on beautiful Louisiana evenings.

On the Capitol grounds, the historic Arsenal Museum , originally a Powder magazine, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is one of Baton Rouge's oldest landmarks. Originally constructed in the 1830's, this site on the river was of particular military importance to early settlers as well as Federal and Confederate troops.

The Pentagon Barracks, built in 1823-24 to house U.S.Army Troups charged with defending Baton Rouge. The barracks housed many famous military men, including President Zachary Taylor. It was the original site of Louisiana State University.

The historic art deco style Capitol Annex Building

Capitol Park:
The state has embarked on a visionary redevelopment plan for the area around the State Capitol. So far, a series of four new state government office buildings have arisen following the elegant principle at the heart of the Capitol Park design, use the architectural language and sculptural ornamentation of the Capitol Building itself as the major source of stylistic references for all new development within the complex.

LaSalle Building

Claiborne Building

Galvez Building

now complete

Iberville Building

under construction

Bienville Building


under construction

proposed LPSC building

Louisiana State Museum

looking north across Capitol Lake can be seen:

The Louisiana Circuit Courts Building

The DPC Center

On the southern limits of the CBD lies the City/Parish governmental complex. Also in this area is the historic Old State Capitol. Located high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, the Old State Capitol was completed in 1849.

The Old State Capitol, Central Library and Governmental Building

EBR Parish Court House

EBR Parish Governmental Building

Centroplex Public Library

LASM, Louisiana Arts and Science Museum,
formerly the Yahoo & Mississippi Valley Depot

Irene Pennington Planetarium
and ExxonMobil Space Theatre

The RiverCenter and Arena

Sheraton Hotel, Atrium at Riverside and Belle of Baton Rouge Casino

The Louisiana Memorial Plaza, USS Kidd and Maritime Museum

Plaza d'Italia

Public Trolley Stop

the award winning Shaw Center and Manship Theatre for the Peforming Arts

with Mississippi River Bridge, Delta Queen and USS Kidd in background

its entrance plaza with "dancing" waters

one of many new clubs in renovated structures near the Shaw

LSU Museum of Art, Arts Block, formerly old Auto Hotel Building

In a compact area between the two governmental complexes are some of the CBD's buildngs:

Former La National Bank Building, now an office building

Chase Bank Tower South and Albemarle North

One American Place Tower

Russell Long Federal Building and US Court House

the 36 floor RiverPlace condominiums, construction scheduled to begin later this year

Hilton Capitol Center, formerly Jack Tar and Capitol House Hotel, rendering

under renovation

opened 2007

I City Plaza

and proposed II City Plaza

under construction

now finished

LaCaps new headquarters

under construction

and the very popular 13th Gate Haunted House, named best in nation

Street Scenes:
4th Street, north axis toward State Capitol

farther north along 4th street

4th Steet's south axis, Judicial Courthouse, rendering

under construction, nearing completion this fall

along Laurel Street near the river

along Florida Street

City Club Building on North Boulevard, constructed in 1894 as the Main Post Office, became City Hall in 1935.

Farther east along North Boulevard

Lafayette Street's historic Lafayette Gallery

and near Water Tower Park

St. Louis Street south of the Parish Courthouse

along Government Street


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