The Downtown Development District is comprised of five unique, architecturally vibrant neighborhoods; Historic Spanish Town, Historic Beauregard Town, Central Business District, Capitol View North, and Downtown East.
HISTORIC SPANISH TOWN
For more than two hundred years, this National Historic District founded in 1805 known as Spanish Town’s illustrates the various changes of Baton Rouge’s development. Although many people see Downtown Baton Rouge as one unit, the city is really a series or separate neighborhoods that have grown together over time. Although older than Baton Rouge, few original homes of Spanish Town survived the Civil War, and today, the prevailing architectural styles reflect the early 20th Century when Spanish Town was a thriving University community.
- » Visit Historic Spanish Town Civic Associate Site
- » View Historic District Design Guidelines
- » View Spanish Town Parking Permit Ordinance
HISTORIC BEAUREGARD TOWN
The neighborhood is a designated National Historic District founded in 1806 by retired military officer and New Orleans mercantile businessman Elias Toutant Beauregard. Captain Beauregard had extensive land holdings in Baton Rouge, and envisioned a town laid out in the grand manner of European cities with plazas, formal gardens and public buildings. A plan drawn by French engineer and surveyor Arsene LaCarriere La Tour featured public squares, plazas and pleasure gardens; a convent, hospital, college, a coliseum, cemetery and a cathedral.
Although Captain Beauregard’s grand scheme for a European-style town didn’t fully materialize, his vision endures in the charm of the tree-lined streets and architecturally significant homes and offices throughout the historic neighborhood.
CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT
The residential opportunities in the Central Business District are continuing to grow due to develops responding to the significant desire to live an urban lifestyle in Downtown Baton Rouge. One Eleven, 438 Main Street, 440 on Third, and the Kress are a few of the available places to live in the Central Business District, offering their tenants immediate and walkable access to the many available amenities and workforce opportunities. Due to the increasing demand to live in the Central Business District, over 300 residential units are currently underway with development including; 525 Lafayette Street, the Onyx the Commerce Building, Maritime One Building, the Grand Lady, and Lafayette House.
Residents of the Central Business District have recently formed the Downtown Baton Rouge Civic Association with the mission to foster a spirit of community cooperation, well-being, and pride for a diverse group of residents of Downtown Baton Rouge by ensuring quality of life, informing residents of neighborhood events and issues, encouraging neighborhood improvement projects, and promoting social interaction, safety and harmony among residents of the community.
CAPITOL VIEW NORTH
The Capitol View North neighborhood is located north of Historic Spanish Town, the Louisiana state office buildings, and Capitol Park. The neighborhood offers stunning views of the Louisiana State Capitol, Mississippi Riverfront, and the Capitol Lakes. Capitol View North includes several multi-family apartments units and condominiums including Lake Tower Apartments and River Palms. It also includes several single-family homes east of the Capitol Lakes, including the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion.
Capitol View North residents have convenient access to all downtown amenities and employment centers. Several bicycle and pedestrian opportunities are also part of or within close proximity to the neighborhood including the Capitol Lakes paths, Mississippi River Levee Trail, and Florida Riverfront Access Point.
Downtown East, located just east of I-110 and adjacent to Historic Beauregard Town and Historic Spanish Town, is currently experiencing a transformation. Residential, religious, and small warehouse structures, as well as the recreational opportunities within the neighborhood, contribute to the overall character. Spanish Town Park, located in the northern section of the neighborhood, was recently upgraded shortly following the opening of The Elysian, a 100 unit residential development.
Several private residential and commercial developments are currently underway in Downtown East. The Deville Apartments, located in the northern portion of the district, will bring an additional 44 residential units to the neighborhood and The Elysian II, also located in the northern portion and adjacent to Elysian I, will bring an additional 100. Forte and Tablada, Arkel Development, DNA Workshop, and many other business have redeveloped and located in the area, taking advantage of its strategic location and historic building stock.