Quartier Beauregard divided into a potential historic district label
BATON ROUGE – The town of Beauregard is already listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in less than 24 hours we will know if it is officially designated as a local historic district.
“It’s basically someone telling me what to do about my house,” Tammie Jackson explained.
Jackson owns a house in the Beauregard neighborhood, but she was a resident long before that.
“I’ve lived on and off in various residences in this neighborhood since I was about 12 and I’m 43 now, so over a 30-year period,” she said.
Jackson doesn’t want to see the place where she grew up labeled as a local historic district.
” I am the owner. There is a mortgage on this house. I am responsible for paying this mortgage and I should have a say in what I do for a house that I am indebted to,” she explained.
The Civic Association of the City of Beauregard is the group that wants to mark the neighborhood. WBRZ reached out to them but they weren’t available for comment.
“I respect the historic value of these homes, given their age and the importance of maintaining them,” Jackson said.
The association’s website says maintaining historic value is their mission, but the owner says there is a certain virtue missing from this process.
“In this case, there is no compassion for your neighbor. It is difficult to deal with residents or owners who do not maintain their property, perhaps to their neighbor’s standards. But it’s difficult because you don’t know the sentimental value of that property to the owner,” she said.
The Historic Preservation Commission will vote on the issue Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. at City Hall.