In keeping with the City’s tradition of a large scale legacy project at centennial milestones, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is proposing the full scale restoration and preservation of historic Gallier Hall as the legacy project for our Tricentennial. The Gallier Hall Preservation Committee, chaired by Cheryl Landrieu, is directing the campaign to raise funds for the restoration.
Gallier Hall is one of the most important structures built during the antebellum period of the city. This impressive Greek Revival building was the inspiration of James Gallier Sr. Erected between 1845 and 1853 it served as City Hall for just over a century. The building was dedicated on May 10, 1853, and served as City Hall until 1956 when it was moved to its present location at Duncan Plaza.
In the summer of 2014, a portion of the front pediment of Gallier Hall broke off and damaged the granite stairs below. As a result, a full forensic architecture analysis of the building revealed that the building required both extensive exterior as well as interior renovations.
The scope of work for the interior renovations includes interior painting, millwork repair, rewiring, refinishing of floors, restoration of period furnishings including Steinway pianos, new window treatments, renovation of two kitchens, renovation of restrooms, and replacement of all door and window hardware. Further renovations include the Ty Tracy Theatre and Lobby and installation of a state-of-the-art audio and video system.
Gallier Hall is home to an extensive collection of 41 paintings and various decorative objects, many of them gifts from foreign countries, all of which will be fully restored. The collection of paintings includes those of George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Marquis de Lafayette and Etienne de Boré and the work of local artist, George Dureau. Notable decorative objects include antique frames and mirrors, clocks and 33 chandeliers.
The restoration of Gallier Hall will not only allow us to protect and preserve a vital historical landmark in our City but also enable us to restore it to its greatest, highest and best use for generations to come.