Historic Sites

Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, which is determined by a number of things. The local historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city. When in Baton Rouge, users recommend paying a visit to Louisiana State Capitol Building, in the Downtown area to get a feel for what truly makes up the city.

Louisiana State Capitol Building

Looking more like a skyscraper than a state capitol, this striking Art Deco structure was built in 1931 at the behest of then-governor Huey Long. Rising 450 feet and 34 stories, the Capitol is filled with sculptures, murals, and rich materials....  Read More

Strikingly ornate, this home is distinctively Louisianan but is quite a departure from standard plantation architecture. Some have even deemed it "Steamboat Gothic" for its stylistic affinity to river paddleboats. Set along the Mississippi, the...  Read More

Old Governor's Mansion

Constructed in 1930, this stately mansion bears a strong resemblance to the White House and is believed to have been built in its image. The home was erected for Governor Huey Long and was lavishly adorned with sumptuous appointments and...  Read More

Old State Capitol

Although Mark Twain had no fondness for this Gothic Revival structure, describing it as a "monstrosity," the Old Capitol boasts unmistakable presence. Situated to overlook the Mississippi, it was in use from 1850 to 1932 and even served as a...  Read More

Oak Alley Plantation

As stately as the plantation home of imagination, this Greek Revival structure features an oak alley leading to the entrance and is a magnificent presence amid the grounds. Dating from 1839, Oak Alley was built after the planting of the oaks and...  Read More

Louisiana State University
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This picturesque, 2000-acre campus is home to 31,000 students, largely from Louisiana but from throughout the country and the world too. The university was founded in 1860 and is a state-funded institution. On campus, visitors will find history,...  Read More

Magnolia Mound Plantation

Nestled in a grove of gracefully arching trees, Magnolia Mound began as a small, late 18th-century home and was expanded into a plantation home. Its French Creole styling is relatively simple, and the home, elevated on piers, features a generous...  Read More

Southern University

Overlooking the Mississippi River, this predominantly-black public university was founded in 1880 and has a student population of 9000. It also has branches in Shreveport and New Orleans. On its 500-plus-acre campus are buildings in a range of...  Read More

St. James Episcopal Church

This picturesque, Gothic Revival church was built in 1895 of red brick. Arched portals, a steeply pitched roof, and a square belltower are distinguishing features of the sanctuary, which still has an active parish. History affirms that one of...  Read More

Reputed to be Baton Rouge's oldest church, this elegant cathedral actually sits on the site of two previous sanctuaries. The first was a Spanish church dating to the 1790s. The present building was constructed in the mid-19th century, although...  Read More