BOGALUSA — With the help of a $7,000 matching grant from the state, Bogalusa is starting a project to inventory its historic buildings.
Human Resources Director Sandy Bloom said the grant will cover Phase I of what is expected to be a continuing project.
Bogalusa will hire a surveyor who meets the requirements of the Department of the Interior and who will begin a comprehensive architectural inventory of every building that is more than 50 years old. The initial focus will be on approximately 285 structures in the city.
Bloom said, “It’s not directly going to lead to preservation, but it will give us a start.”
The survey will collect each structure’s age, condition and any threats to its condition, use, style, significance, material makeup and more. A photograph of each building will be attached, and there are spaces for history and additional narrative.
“They think we can do these 285 structures with this grant,” Bloom said.
Bloom said the city also is looking for people who would like to be a part of a revitalized Historic District Commission.
Bloom said the city has had a Historic District Commission in the past and that it’s ready to reactivate the body. The stated purpose of the Commission is “the preservation and stewardship of all structures in the designated historic district,” which is currently the 300, 400 and 500 blocks of Bogalusa’s Columbia Street.