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Dec 18, 2007

THE WARDEN'S HOUSE of the LA State Penitentiary downtown B.R.

The Warden's House
At another time, prison store (1st floor) and clerk's quarters (2nd floor).

The Warden's House is located on the corner of Florida Blvd. and N 7th street across from the Russell Long Federal building. Originally, the bottom floor was the prison store where inmate's graft was sold. The second floor was the store clerk's residence. Later both floor's became the residence of the Prisons Warden. To the right side of the main structure was the kitchen. The pre-Civil War structure is now used as office's.

Warden's House Kitchen

Sign outside Warden’s House reads:
"Built circa 1840, north of the State Penitentiary grounds, this is the only remaining building of the prison complex which existed from 1834 to 1917. It served as the prison store and clerk’s dwelling and later became the warden’s house." 

Postcard depicting the Baton Rouge Penitentiary. A year is designated to this card, whether it is the year of the postcard or of the Penitentiary, it is 1908, I suspect that it is the year of the postcard.
It is all a bit confusing to set prisons in order as their were two Baton Rouge Penitentiaries in downtown Baton Rouge, one the state prison and another a privately owned prison.

History of Angola (LSP Text)
Or, for this blogs purposes we'll call it,  
The History of Louisiana State Penitentiary in Baton Rouge and Angola
(click on link above).
Excerpt: In that year the first Louisiana State Penitentiary was built (abt. 1834) at the corner of 6th and Laurel Streets in Baton Rouge using a plan similar to a prison in Wethersfield, Connecticut. In 1844, the penitentiary, including the inmates, was leased to the private firm of McHatton Pratt and Company. Union Troops occupied the penitentiary during the Civil War, and in 1869 the lease was awarded to a Confederate Major by the name of Samuel James. Major James would be in charge of the Louisiana Corrections system for the next 31 years.

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