- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

DERIDDER, La. (AP) - The Beauregard Parish Police Jury has approved renovation plans for its historic jail and will solicit bids from general contractors next month.

The building committee reviewed the plans Tuesday, which will ultimately allow guided tours through the Gothic jail.

The project is expected to begin next year.

Architect Paul Lemaire tells the American Press (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) the work, which will cost about $152,000, will allow visitors access to the main and second floors of the jail. Handrails along the spiral staircase will be upgraded, and a handicap ramp will be placed at the front entrance.

The historic jail, also known as the Hanging Jail, is likely the most recognized building in Beauregard Parish. The jail, built in 1915, hosted the hanging of two prisoners in 1928.

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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