The Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation's historic standing structures survey collection is composed of approximately fifty-five to fifty-eight thousand individual surveys. Each individual survey record contains an architectural description, historic background, and photographic record of a standing structure which is fifty years of age or older. Many of the resources were recorded as part of Section 106 survey, through grant funded projects, or by local municipalities looking to document their historic resources.

Currently, the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation is converting its paper survey collection into an electronic format and entering the data into the online Louisiana Cultural Resources Map database.  However, the paper collection is still housed in the Louisiana Section of the State Library, Fifth Floor, 701 Fourth Street, Baton Rouge, LA. The collection may be accessed by contacting the State Library Louisiana Section Staff.

We have recently updated the LHRI form to make it more user friendly.  The downloadable file is an Adobe form with drop down menus.  You may include a written architectural description in the comment box (no maximum characters).  The forms can be batch-processed into a single excel spreadsheet, which can be used to obtain LHRI numbers.  Alternatively, you may submit the updated spreadsheet to obtain numbers.  

While we encourage you to use the updated form, we will continue to accept the older version.  

Please contact Andrea McCarthy, Historic Standing Structures Survey Coordinator, at 225.342.8164 or email amccarthy@crt.la.gov with any questions.

Historic Standing Structure Guidelines and related forms may be obtained at the following:

The Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation's historic standing structures survey collection contains a wealth of information on unique and rare examples of diverse architecture. Unique architectural styles include New Orleans Shotgun House, Northshore House, New Orleans raised-basement house and Retardataire Greek Revival and Italianate architectural styles. Another example, the French Creole style of architecture, ranks as Louisiana's rarest and most important contributions to America's architectural heritage.

The historic standing structures survey collection is composed of approximately fifty-five to fifty-eight thousand individual surveys. Of the sixty-four parishes (counties) that compose the state of Louisiana thirty-two have been completely surveyed, eleven are partially surveyed, sixteen are unsurveyed, and in five only the urban areas have been covered. Each individual survey record contains an architectural description, historic background, and photographic record of a standing structure which is fifty years of age or older. Not only is the structure's architectural style recorded but a description of the type of building materials used in its construction is also documented.

The collection is housed in the Louisiana Section of the State Library, Fifth Floor, 701 Fourth Street, Baton Rouge, LA. The collection may be accessed by contacting the State Library Louisiana Section Staff.

Currently, the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation is converting its paper survey collection into an electronic format and entering the data into the online Louisiana Cultural Resources Map database. As such, please contact Mike Varnado Historic Standing Structures Survey Coordinator at 225.219.4596 or email mvarnado@crt.la.gov on obtaining instructions for submitting surveys and the database spreadsheet. Inquiries on the Collection or survey process can be made at the same. Historic Standing Structure Guidelines and related forms may be obtained at the following:

DocumentDownload Link
Survey GuidelinesClick to Download 
Louisiana Historic Resource Inventoryclick to download 
LDHP Database Spreadsheetclick to download 
LA Historic Structures MapClick to View 

 

For more information please contact
Andrea McCarthy
Historic Standing Structures Survey Coordinator
Phone: (225) 342-8164
Email: amccarthy@crt.la.gov

 

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