Built in 1939 at a cost of $280,000, this Art Deco courthouse is a three-story structure with a limestone façade. It features the original Art Deco lamps flanking the steps and a brushed aluminum spiral staircase inside. Also flanking the courthouse are two Victorian lamps that were placed on the square in the 1890s. Since 1806, five courthouses have stood on this square.
The courthouse also has an archives department that rival those of New Orleans, Natchitoches and Mobile. As Louisiana’s third oldest city, the records found here are like a treasure trove for historians and genealogists alike! Whether you are a well-trained history hunter or simply starting out, Opelousas boasts of records dating from the late French colony era through the Spanish, the arrival of the Cajuns to becoming part of America. The Clerk of Court Archivist can assist you in your records research and, in many cases, help you translate the old French and Spanish documents.