School, city officials pledge to seek public use for Carrollton Courthouse - by Robert Morris, Uptown Messenger

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sandra Stokes of the Louisiana Landmarks Society speaks in front of the Carrollton Courthouse on Wednesday, June 24. (Robert Morris,

A day after the former Carrollton Courthouse was named to a prominent list of endangered national landmarks, New Orleans city and school officials gathered on its lawn pledging to seek a public use for the shuttered building that properly honors its history.

The courthouse building — built in 1855 by noted architect Henry Howard at a site where Andrew Jackson had commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans — actually spent the majority of its life as a public school. Starting in 1889 as McDonogh No. 23, it became Benjamin Franklin High School in 1957, then Lusher’s middle school in 1990, and Audubon Charter from 2006 to 2013, when the deteriorating conditions exacerbated by roof damage during Hurricane Isaac forced the school board to close it...

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