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Bummer alert: Some of the brickwork is crumbling at Madame John's Legacy, a Dumaine Street building built in 1789. The structure, one of the few to survive the great fire of 1795, is taking a whooping from heavy rains and poor drainage. "'The courtyard, the drainage and things like that would probably be about $4 million,' said Louisiana State Museums Assistant Director Robert Wheat. 'The building itself is going to be another $4 million.'" [WWL]