The Denham Springs Antique Village is officially historic.
The downtown district was one of dozens of sites recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places, effective Nov. 5.
To date, Louisiana has more than 1,400 sites listed on the National Register, including 14 in Livingston Parish.
Before this week’s announcement, Old City Hall and Crowder’s Antiques (formerly Brown Hotel and Café) were the only sites in Denham Springs on the register.
Those two buildings just got some company — the listing of the “Denham Springs Commercial Historic District” encompasses the district and all its buildings spanning 100-239 N. Range Ave.
The benefits of being placed on the National Register stretch far and wide, said Main Street Director Donna Jennings.
Buildings in the district could now be eligible to receive tax incentives and credits, and being named “a historic place” could also boost economic activity for the entire area.
“There are people that will take their vacations in different states and go through the National Register directory and visit places based on that,” Jennings said. “This is just a phenomenal thing for the City of Denham Springs to accomplish.
“Also, there’s not a whole lot of entire districts that are on the National Register. It’s hard enough to think about getting one place or building, but we got them all.”
Jennings said the city will receive its official certificate of the honor in the coming weeks.