Save the West Feliciana Courthouse
*Update: Please note that the time for the hearing tomorrow has been changed to 11:30 a.m. See below for details*
At noon Friday, the Town of St. Francisville filed a Temporary Restraining Order to stop all work on the West Feliciana Parish Courthouse. Last weekend, Parish President Kevin Couhig replaced some of the 1903 historic windows with historically inaccurate metal windows. Couhig bypassed the Historic District Commission and took it upon himself to replace the windows. He refused all input and does not believe that the Historic Commission has any authority over the parish owned building despite it being a major contributing factor to the entire St. Francisville Historic District.
Judge Carmichael denied the Temporary Restraining Order that would immediately prevent Couhig from removing the remaining windows. However, the ruling on the issue as a whole was set by Judge Carmichael for hearing on the preliminary injunction to prevent further destruction of the windows. The matter will be heard at the West Feliciana Parish Courthouse, St. Francisville, LA at 11:30 a.m., Monday, March 5th. The loss of the historic windows would be devastating to the courthouse, the historic district, the town, and historic West Feliciana Parish as a whole.
Call to Action:
1. Please spread the word and attend the hearing on Monday, March 5th at 11:30 a.m. to show your support of saving the historic courthouse, historic districts in general and history as a whole.
West Feliciana Courthouse Address:
4785 Prosperity St.
St Francisville, LA 70775
2. Email the Parish President's office and Council Members to voice your support for the preservation of the windows.
Sidney Picou Walker: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mel Percy: email@example.com
Bill May: Bmay@wfparish.org
John Thompson: Jthompson@wfparish.org
Thank you for your efforts, and we will update you through our Advocacy Alerts moving forward.