Baton Rouge, a landmark of a city with centuries-old roots, also has its fair share of historical places in rapid decline. Here we share our list of Baton Rouge’s top landmarks that are in bad need of a restoration. Let’s work together to make this happen!
5. The Bellemont
The Bellemont, built in 1946, was a colonial, plantation-style hotel and convention center.
Photos courtesy of Abandoned Baton Rouge
The Bellemont is now in a sorry state, with torn up flooring throughout the interior and years of dirt build-up outside its palatial walls.
4. The Lincoln Theatre
The Lincoln is a Baton Rouge treasure that enjoyed a status as a busy movie theater in the past. Today, the place is lonely and abandoned, standing as a time-warp amidst fast-growing downtown.
Here are some photos of the Lincoln (courtesy of Abandoned Baton Rouge):
3. Scott Street School
Scott Street School was built in 1922 and has the distinction of being Baton Rouge’s oldest public school for black children.
The school has been neglected for some time now, with nearly all of the windows boarded up and an overall neglect of maintenance.
Today, though, the school is getting a fresh start. A new project has begun to convert the crumbling old school into low-income apartments. Hopefully the Scott Street School will get a new chance on life.
2. Iron Dock/Wharf on the Mississippi
This Iron Dock, located off River Road just below the bridge, is surely a sight to be seen. Neglected, yes, but what has been left behind is a treasure of graffiti art and rusted metal. Behold, Baton Rouge’s Iron Dock!
(Photos courtesy of Abandoned Baton Rouge)
1. Huey P. Long Poolhouse
(photos courtesy of Abandoned Baton Rouge)
The Huey Long Pool house on LSU’s campus was quite a feat in its heyday. Built in 1932 by then-senator Huey P. Long, the pool house was the nation’s largest, much longer than the standard Olympic-size pools other college campuses had.
The building was long enjoyed by LSU students, with swimming classes being mandatory into the 1970’s and the building closing only in 1999.
Today, the building is in a sad state of disrepair, and with LSU’s recent budget cuts, no real renovation is in sight for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, the once ornate building continues its steady decline into a shell of its former self.
Fortunately, most buildings don’t have to go through the neglect and disrepair experienced by these Baton Rouge landmarks.
With regular cleaning by a professional Baton Rouge pressure washing company, your building can avoid the fate of these treasures and be maintained to its fullest forever! We can also restore these old, crumbling buildings with our services!