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Caspari Hall Named Preservation Success

June 27, 2014

NATCHITOCHES, La., June 27 -- Northwestern State University issued the following news release:

One of Northwestern State University's oldest buildings was named a Top 10 Preservation Success Story by the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, an organization dedicated to education, preservation and restoration of historic sites and buildings throughout the state. LTHP made the announcement during the Louisiana Annual Preservation Conference, held in Natchitoches this week.

The announcement was made Thursday at the Natchitoches Events Center where the 18-member board of directors for the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation held their annual conference.

Caspari Hall, first opened as a men's athletic dormitory in 1939, housed male students until its closure in 2003. The building is named for French-born businessman and politician Capt. Leopold Caspari who, while serving as state representative in 1884, spearheaded the campaign to establish the Louisiana State Normal School, now Northwestern State University, in Natchitoches.

After undergoing an extension renovation, the 16,842 square foot Caspari Hall reopened last year as an administrative center and is home to the office of the president, the office of the provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs, dean of the College of Arts, Letters, Graduate Studies and Research; Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Planning and Assessment and the internal auditor.

"In an effort to highlight the restoration and preservation needs and successes throughout the state, a committee takes nominations from various constituencies of the sites and buildings most endangered and those that have enjoyed a recent restoration," said Dr. Dan Seymour, the local Trust Board member who nominated Caspari Hall for the honor, with assistance from Dr. Marcus Jones, vice president for University Affairs.

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