City Leaders Celebrate Algiers Courthouse Renovations
Second City Court, located at 225 Morgan Street, underwent a $1.3 million makeover that began last spring.
“The historic Algiers Courthouse has been a pillar for the West Bank. For over a century, it has served as a focal point of the Algiers community,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “This renovation shows our commitment to Algiers, and we look forward to continuing to invest in the community.”
The building was originally constructed in 1896 to serve as the courthouse in Algiers after the former Duverjé plantation home, which served as the courthouse, was destroyed by fire in 1895. It is the third oldest courthouse in continuous use in Louisiana.
Second City Court’s Judge E. “Teena” Anderson-Trahan, Clerk of Court Darren Lombard and Constable Edwin Shorty, Jr. were on hand for the ceremony.
“The Algiers Courthouse has provided essential services and conveniences to the citizens of Algiers for over a century. These renovations will ensure that this historical building will continue to serve Algiers and the rest of New Orleans for years to come,” Judge Anderson-Trahan said.
Completed renovations include the installation of a new roof, repair and replacement of wood decking in the upper floors of the east and west towers, new ornamental metal signage, painting and waterproofing, and a number of repairs.
The project was funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) public assistance money for public buildings affected by Hurricane Katrina.
“FEMA recognizes the importance of preserving the historical integrity of our communities following Hurricane Katrina. The successful completion of repairs to the historic Algiers Courthouse will ensure it remains a prominent landmark in this community,” said FEMA’s Womack.
The Algiers Courthouse renovation joins more than 180 capital projects completed since 2010, a total investment of $330 million.
Ashe Cultural Arts Centers Hosts Events in February
Tickets are $15 if purchased by Feb. 15 and $20 after that date. The play will show at 7:30 p.m. each night Feb. 22-24 and at 3 p.m. on Feb. 25.
Also, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibition is up through the end of March. The exhibition represents work from artists around the country, and is curated by the New Orleans Chapter of the National Conference of Artists.
For more information and a complete list of events, visit ashecac.org.