Designated NHL October 9, 1960
Phone +1 504-568-8975
Added to NRHP 15 October 1966
|NRHP Reference # 66000373|
Designated NHLDCP December 21, 1965
Area 1,214 m²
Architectural style Baroque architecture
|Location 701 Chartres St., New Orleans, Louisiana|
Part of Vieux Carre Historic District (#66000377)
Address 701 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Hours Closed now Friday10AM–4:30PMSaturday10AM–4:30PMSunday10AM–4:30PMMondayClosedTuesday10AM–4:30PMWednesday10AM–4:30PMThursday10AM–4:30PMSuggest an edit
Similar The Presbytere, French Quarter, Louisiana State Museum, St Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square
The cabildo history of new orleans
The Cabildo was the seat of Spanish colonial government in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is now a museum. The Cabildo is located along Jackson Square, adjacent to St. Louis Cathedral.
Within these walls the cabildo building
The original Cabildo was destroyed in the Great New Orleans Fire (1788). The Cabildo was rebuilt between 1795–99 as the home of the Spanish municipal government in New Orleans, and the third floor with mansard roof was later added, in French style. The building took its name from the governing body who met there — the "Illustrious Cabildo," or city council. The Cabildo was the site of the Louisiana Purchase transfer ceremonies late in 1803, and continued to be used by the New Orleans city council until the mid-1850s.
The building's main hall, the Sala Capitular ("Meeting Room"), was originally utilized as a courtroom. The Spanish used the courtroom from 1799–1803, and from 1803–1812 it was used by the Louisiana territorial superior court. After the American Civil War, it was the home of the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1868–1910. The Sala Capitular was the site of several landmark court cases, including Plessy v. Ferguson.
In 1895 it was in a state of decay and proposed for demolition; artist William Woodward led a successful campaign to have the historic building preserved and restored.
In 1911 the Cabildo became the home of the Louisiana State Museum. The museum displays exhibits about the history of Louisiana from its settlement up through the Reconstruction Era, and about the heritage of the ethnic groups who have lived in the state.
It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
The Cabildo was extensively damaged by a fire on May 11, 1988, which destroyed the cupola and the entire third floor, but it was restored and reopened to the public in 1994. In 2005, the Cabildo survived Hurricane Katrina, the eye of which passed 30 miles (48 km) east of downtown, with relatively minor damage.
Days after Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana State Police used the business offices of the Cabildo to set up what was called Troop N. The "N" was a designate for New Orleans. From the Cabildo, Louisiana State Troopers patrolled the streets of the city along with other state police agencies from New Mexico and New York.