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Alexandria in Rapides Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Alexander Fulton Park

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Alexandria City Halls

Alexandria's first city hall, built in 1860, was one of the few buildings not burned in 1864 when the town was razed by federal troops during the Civil War's Red River campaign. However, the building's 20-foot wide sidewalk was dismantled and its stones were used by Union forces in constructing Bailey's Dam in the river nearby where U.S. gunboats were stranded above the rapids.

The hall's lower floor served as a market place, fire station, paint shop, and prison, while upper floors housed the city court, council chamber, and judge's office. The building also served as opera house and place of worship for Methodist and Episcopal congregations whose churches were destroyed in the 1864 fire.

The "new city hall", built in 1909-1910 of marble and brick, was said then to be second to none in the state. George R. Mann of Little Rock, Arkansas, was the architect. The council chamber, with a seating capacity of 550, was a large domed room with ornamental plaster-work, mahogany-stained birch woodwork, pure white walls with ornamental cornices, and a floor of straight-edged grain heart pine. Hall floors

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were of octagon-shaped tiles set in white concrete with baseboards of Tennessee marble. Among other rooms were offices for the mayor, city judge, city marshall, city attorney, treasurer, city engineer, city clerk, and superintendent of waterworks and electric light. The building was constructed at a cost of $54,000.00; lights, wiring, and fixtures totaled $1,600.00; screening was $250.00;and heating was $1,800.00. Total expenditures, including $3500.00 for furnishings were $61,140.00. Keys to the new city hall were tendered to Mayor J.P. Turregano on August 2, 1910.

The second city hall served Alexandria for more than 50 years. The building was torn down in 1963-1964 for the construction of Alexandria's third city hall.
Erected by Historical Society of Central Louisiana.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsNotable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 31° 18.664′ N, 92° 26.647′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Louisiana, in Rapides Parish. Marker is on Third Street near Johnston Street when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria LA 71301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Post-Civil War Alexandria (a few steps from this marker); Alexandria (a few steps from

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this marker); Commercial Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Courtland Manning (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rotary Club of Alexandria, Louisiana (within shouting distance of this marker); City Of Alexandria Post Des Rapides (within shouting distance of this marker); Rapides Parish Governors (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Rapides Bank Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 8, 2018.
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