Two of New Orleans' oldest and most famous buildings are slated to get a big makeover. The state will spend millions of dollars to restore the Cabildo and the Presbytere in the French Quarter.
A former state senator has secured state capital outlay funds of $1,392,000 for the Cabildo restoration and $1,300,000 for the Presbytere.
The extensive restoration includes a full evaluation of the structures' conditions and calls for the removal of the elastomeric coating, which was meant to keep out moisture but has actually trapped moisture from the ground and caused damage, from both buildings.
Other things on the lengthy repair lists include repainting; replacing defective stucco; repairing gates, balcony railings, fencing, and other iron work.
The Cabildo, the site of the Louisiana Purchase transfer ceremonies in late 1803, and the Presbytere, once used by the Louisiana Supreme Court, are two surviving examples of Spanish colonial architecture and should be on everyone's must-see lists for New Orleans.
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