The Presbytere

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The Presbytere
The Presbytère, seen from Jackson Square
The Presbytere is located in Louisiana
The Presbytere
Location 751 Chartres St., New Orleans, Louisiana
Coordinates 29°57′28.91″N 90°3′49.57″W / 29.9580306°N 90.0637694°W / 29.9580306; -90.0637694Coordinates: 29°57′28.91″N 90°3′49.57″W / 29.9580306°N 90.0637694°W / 29.9580306; -90.0637694
Built 1813
Architect Guilberto Guillemard
Architectural style Colonial, Other
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 70000257
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 15, 1970[1]
Designated NHL April 15, 1970[2]

The Presbytère, also known as The Presbytere, is an important historical building in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is located in the French Quarter along Jackson Square, adjacent to the St. Louis Cathedral.

The Presbytère, originally called the Casa Curial (Ecclesiastical House), derives its name from the fact that it was built on the former site of the residence, or presbytére, of the Capuchin monks. While intended to house clergy, it was never used as a religious residence.[3] It was designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo, or Town Hall, on the other side of St. Louis Cathedral. The second floor, however, was not completed until 1813.

The building initially was used for commercial purposes until 1834, when it was used by the Louisiana Supreme Court. In 1847 the structure's third floor with mansard roof was added.

In 1853, cathedral officials sold the Presbytère to the city, and in 1908 the city sold it to the state. In 1911 it became part of the Louisiana State Museum.[3]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.[2][4]

View of Jackson Square. The Cathedral is the central building, with the Cabildo to the left and the Presbytere to the right.

In 2005, the cupola was replaced atop the Presbytère. The cupola had been missing since the New Orleans Hurricane of 1915.[3]

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  1. ^ Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "The Presbytere". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  3. ^ a b c New Orleans Times-Picayune, Jun 24, 2005
  4. ^ Patricia Heintzelman (June 30, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: The Presbytere" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying photo, exterior, from 1975 PDF (239 KB)

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