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Algiers Courthouse

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1896, Linus Brown and Alonzo Bell; 1984 renovated, Lyons and Hudson Architects; 2017 restored, Linfield, Hunter and Julius. 225 Morgan St.
  • (Photograph by Dieter Karner)

This brick, twin-towered courthouse was constructed after the fire of 1895, which destroyed several blocks of downtown Algiers, including the former Duverje plantation house, which had served as the courthouse since 1869. City engineers Brown and Bell designed this awkwardly proportioned but picturesque courthouse in a round-arched Italianate style; the builder was John McNally. The two-story building’s facade, rather too wide for its height, features square towers at each end, one three stories tall and the other four stories with a clock. The facade and towers have paired, round-arched windows set between shallow pilasters and emphasized by prominent hood moldings. Small-scale brick dentil bands adorn the cornice, and a pediment-shaped parapet tablet marks the facade’s center. The small central portico is supported on doubled Doric columns.

Writing Credits

Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas



  • 1896

  • 1984

  • 2017


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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, "Algiers Courthouse", [New Orleans, Louisiana], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

buildings of new orleans book

Buildings of New Orleans, Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 254-255.

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