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  • 1905

    Plans for the 43-room, Mission-style hotel are completed and construction begins.

  • 1907

    Luxurious Southern Hotel opens on the Northshore of Louisiana boasting hot water, electric lights and carpeting.

  • 1912

    Local physician purchases the Southern Hotel and reopens it as a sanitarium and resort for people with respiratory illnesses.

  • 1960

    After 50-years, the Southern Hotel closes its doors to overnight guests. Its facade is altered from two towers to one in order to make room for a drug store.

  • 1983

    St. Tammany Parish purchases the building and converts it into government offices. The building becomes home to the parish courthouse for more than 20 years.

  • 2005

    Hurricane Katrina hits Southern Louisiana. Plans for the hotel’s renovation are put on hold.

  • 2011

    After years of disuse and extensive damages from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Southern Hotel property was sold to local preservationist Lisa Condrey Ward and her husband Joseph Ward, and Ricky and Gayle Condrey.

  • Photo of the Southern Hotel lobby for Home - Southern Hotel


    107 years to the date after its original opening, the Southern Hotel reopens to much excitement in the Covington community and beyond.