Site of First City Hall of West Monroe
The two-story building, built in 1907-1908 during the administration of Mayor R. L. Rinehart, was designed by William Drago and based upon Old World Dutch architecture. This was evidenced by the interesting and unusual proportions of the building, which had two floors of exactly the same height and a roof the same height as each floor. A stairway in the front center of the building connected the two floors.
The city officials' offices were in the front of the lower floor, and the jail
and fire department were in the rear.
In the belfry, atop the front roof, hung a bell which was rung in case of fires and on special occasions. This bell, removed from the belfry before the building was demolished, was donated to West Monroe High School. The bell was mounted on the east end of the football field and is still rung today whenever the home team scores a touchdown.
The building was the center of city government until a new city hall was
built on Natchitoches Street in 1948. The building was charred by fire on
December 14, 1964, and was razed shortly thereafter.
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Location. 32° 30.15′ N, 92° 7.487′ W. Marker is in West Monroe, Louisiana, in Ouachita Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Trenton Street and Pine Street, on the right when traveling north on Trenton Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Monroe LA 71291, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Don Juan Filhiol Historic Preservation District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Art Alley (approx. half a mile away); Prairie des Canots Seat of Justice (approx. half a mile away); Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial (approx. half a mile away); St. Matthew Catholic Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Miro (approx. 0.6 miles away); Trenton (approx. 1.2 miles away); Monroe Residential Historic District (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Monroe.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 16, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 120 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 16, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.