Strategic Plan
2014-15 through 2018-19


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Division of Historic Preservation

Historic buildings play a special role in creating the distinctive character of each and every community. Their essential legacy of cultural, educational, recreational, aesthetic, social, and environmental benefits must be preserved for present and future generations. The Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation's professionally trained staff works in the public's interest to preserve and restore these buildings so they can enhance and enrich our environment and, thus, our lives.

Historic preservation does more than just communicate the past. By saving an important part of our heritage, the Division of Historic Preservation energizes Louisiana's cultural economy. We help local craftsmen, artists, and lovers of history find places to live, work, and play. Although we strive to preserve the best examples of our state's architecture, we also focus upon buildings representing the forces that shaped Louisiana's history and culture. Thus, we help the tourism industry provide destinations for out-of-state visitors who wish to enjoy the unique Louisiana experience. To make these things happen, we actively assist property owners to apply for National Register status and qualify for the federal and state tax incentives that often make the restoration of historic buildings possible. We also devise strategies to rejuvenate downtown commercial districts through our Main Street program.

Physical AddressOffice of Historic Preservation
Capitol Annex Building
1051 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
Mailing AddressP.O. Box 44247
Baton Rouge LA 70804
Phone:(225) 342-8160
Fax:(225) 219-9772



National Park Service Historic Preservation Grant Application Now Available  

Applications for the Division of Historic Preservation’s 2015 – 2016 Historic Preservation Fund Grants are now available.  Please click here for more information.


THE STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE is updating Louisiana’s Comprehensive Statewide Historic Preservation Plan. The SHPO is composed of the Division of Archaeology and Division of Historic Preservation. The Plan plays an important role in the decisions the SHPO makes and helps chart a course conducive to the needs of our historic preservation constituents. 

Please take a moment to engage the 12-question survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LASHPO_PLAN2015 and share with family, friends, colleagues and anyone else interested in Archaeology and Historic Preservation. The eventual plan will reflect the ideas and inspiration provided. Your feedback will help guide preservation efforts for our office in the 2015-2023 periods. THANK YOU. 

Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Events 2015  

On January 8, 1815, a hastily-assembled American force prevailed over experienced British troops at the Battle of New Orleans. In the two centuries since the end of the war of 1812, the former enemies have become the strongest allies. On January 7-10, 2015, step back in time as living history reenactors portray the troops and civilians of 1815, and join the National Park Service to remember the battle and discover how it still affects our lives today.

Visit the NPS website for a full list of events- http://www.nps.gov/jela/battle-of-new-orleans-bicentennial.htm

Culture Connection 2015 - Accepting Nominations Now!  

On April 14, 2015, the Office of Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and the Office of Cultural Development will host the annual Louisiana Culture Connection with Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to Louisiana's culture. The Louisiana Culture Awards are open to any individual, organization or community whose efforts contribute to preserving or enhancing the state's culture. Our office must receive all nominations by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The attached link will provide further information about the nomination process and access to the nomination form. 

http://www.crt.state.la.us/Assets/OCD/CultureConnection/2015CAwardsNomination_ext.pdf The Louisiana Culture Awards ceremony will take place in Baton Rouge at the Capitol Park Museum.