Earlier this year, the Armour Building, on Lower Third, was donated to the Historical Association of Central Louisiana. Along with the donation of the building, came a grant from the Coughlin-Saunders foundation to build a temporary roof for the purpose of stopping rainwater from deteriorating the building further. The Armour Building was built in the early 1900s as a meat packing plant. According to Jonathan and Donna Fricker, previous directors of the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation located in Baton Rouge, there are railroad spurs that lead right up to the building and this building was an integral part of Alexandria’s economy early in the 20th century. In their past role as directors of LDHP, Jonathan and Donna Fricker are most known for writing several National Register nominations for Louisiana properties most of which were subsequently accepted and listed on the National Register. The Frickers were retained by HACL to write a National Register nomination for the Armour Building. Earlier this month, at their Bi-Annual meeting, the Louisiana National Register Review Committee accepted the nomination and sent to Washington for final disposition. For more information regarding National Register status and criteria for historic properties, please click here.
The Armour building is currently for sale. Anyone wishing to tour the property or has an interest in returning this building to commerce, please contact the Historical Association at: 318-448-3952.
Thumbs up to HACL for stepping up to the plate.