Four brick buildings in a pentagon shape with an open courtyard. Classic Rvival style; the barracks housed troops garrisoned at Baton Rouge under the cammandership of Zachary Taylor prior to his presidency.
The galleries on the outsides of the structures were added about 10 years after the buildings were completed. There were complaints from the soldiers living there that it was too hot and so the verandas were added.
The Pentagon Barracks were designed by Captain James Gadsden and were built in 1819-1823 as a major expansion of the Baton Rouge military post. Four brick buildings in a pentagon shape make up the barracks. Two were for quartering troops and two were to provide quarters for officers. There is a visitors centre and small museum there.
Open Fri & Sat 10.00 – 10.00pm