NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City and State officials, and a FEMA representative celebrated the newly renovated exterior of the historic Algiers Courthouse (225 Morgan St.). This $1.3 million renovation includes 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 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 historic Algiers Courthouse was originally constructed in 1896 and serves as the home of the Second City Court. This is the third oldest courthouse in continuous use in Louisiana.
Capital Projects Administration Director Vincent Smith said, “We are excited to celebrate these renovations of the Algiers Courthouse. They ensure that this courthouse continues to be an important part of this Algiers community for years to come.”
Second City Court Judge Teena Anderson-Trahan said, “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.
Second City Court Clerk Darren Lombard said, “This Historic Courthouse that is nestled along the mighty Mississippi River in our beloved Algiers is a Louisiana Landmark, one that is worthy of preservation for future generations to enjoy.”
Second City Court Constable Edwin Shorty, Jr. said, “Since 1870, the Algiers Courthouse has stood as a symbol of community and civic pride on the West Bank of New Orleans. It’s renovation and revitalization stands as a testament to the resilience of this community and reaffirm our community’s support for our historical landmarks.”
Algiers Historical Society President Donald Costello said, "I reviewed the FEMA documents in Feb. 2016 for the public review requirement. After careful consideration, I gave it a 'thumbs up'. The contractor executed the repairs with meticulous attention to detail and the proper use of appropriate materials and techniques to preserve the Algiers Courthouse, for many decades to come. The replacement of the long missing iconic, rooftop sign, above the elegant main entrance, truly makes the courthouse 'whole' again."
Funding for the Algiers Courthouse renovation came from FEMA public assistance. The Architect of Record is Linfield, Hunter, and Junius, Inc. and Dynamic Construction, LLC. is the General Contractor.
FEMA Louisiana Recovery Office Director Mike Womack said, ""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.”
District C Councilmember Nadine Ramsey said, "The Algiers Courthouse is one of the most important landmarks in the City. I appreciate all the support of the Friends of the Courthouse and the Mayor’s office to get these much needed repairs done. With so many needs in this City, I fought hard to secure additional funding for this project. The efforts to keep this project on track and fully funded at $1.2 million were well worth it given the historical significance of the Algiers Courthouse as the third-oldest courthouse in continuous use in the State of Louisiana.
District 7 State Senator Troy Carter said, "“The Algiers Courthouse has a permanent place in the landscape of New Orleans. Its historic charm and architectural significance will now be preserved for generations to come.”
District 3 State Senator JP Morrell said, "The Algiers Courthouse shows our commitment to improving Algiers and New Orleans. I am thankful for everyone who worked to bring this project to life."