Bossier Municipal Building History

Created by our friends at the Bossier Parish Libraries, this video covers almost 100 years of our building’s history with fellow historian Cheryl H. White! Watch and learn some amazing  facts about our building that not even we knew!

The Bossier Arts Council is housed in the old Bossier City Municipal Building located at 630 Barksdale Boulevard in Bossier City, Louisiana. Built in 1926, the Bossier Arts Council took up residence in 1980 and the building  was later listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.

Designed by architects Jones, Roessle, Olschner, and Wiener, this two-story brick building originally included city offices, an auditorium/council chamber, and a fire station (the space of which now houses one of our two galleries). It also housed upstairs jail cells which are still installed and available to see!
As mentioned by the NRHP nomination, the building possesses some
elements that can be termed Renaissance Revival in their style.  Enjoy this excerpt by the NRHP describing the details and designs behind the Municipal Building’s architecture:

“It [the Municipal Building] has a romantic and evocative style that partakes of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque, although the effect is heavily dependent upon accent features rather than overall design. Despite some admittedly significant alterations over the years, the building retains the bulk of its original exterior character and would be easily recognizable to someone from the historic period. Hence it conveys its identity and historical significance as a “coming of age” for Bossier City. The Municipal Building’s Italian flavor can be seen in its villa-like asymmetrical massing under a low, broadly overhanging roof (originally clay tile) with widely spaced extended brackets. The asymmetry is minimal, but nonetheless convincing when seen from a three-quarter view. Massing takes the form of a large, low-pitch, gable-fronted main block with a one story projection on the east side and a two story projection containing the staircase on the west side. At the rear is a flat roofed fire station wing. The one story addition spanning the western elevation of the main block, behind the staircase “tower,” dates from the historic period. Its brickwork and windows are identical to the original construction. A series of great round arch windows on the second story façade and side elevations light what was originally the council chamber. Five of these windows span the façade. Above them, in the low gable, is a cast stone tablet with classical details identifying the building.”