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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Historic Gallier Hall

A Place For All Occasions

Plan your next event at Historic Gallier Hall

  • Weddings 
  • Receptions
  • Breakfasts
  • Luncheons
  • Champagne Brunches
  • Mardi Gras Balls (Mardi Gras)
  • Parties
  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Sweet 16 Parties
  • Corporate Meetings

About Gallier Hall

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. After the completion of the building's basement, the city ran out of money to fund the project, and construction was delayed. A roof was placed over the finished basement, and the police department occupied it until money was raised for its completion. It took 2 years to finish, and on May 10, 1853, it was dedicated.

The building measures 90 feet in width and 215 feet in depth, and stands 3 stories high. It is constructed of Tuckahoe marble and features two impressive rows of fluted Ionic columns. The building has been the site of many inportant events in New Orleans' history, especially during the Reconstruction and Huey Long eras.

Several important figures in Louisiana history lay in state in Gallier Hall, including Jefferson Davis and General Beauregard. Of late, it was local legend Ernie K-Doe who was so honored. More than 5,000 mourners came to Gallier Hall on July 14, 2001, to pay their respects to the flamboyant R&B musician, who was laid out in a white costume and a silver crown and scepter and delivered to his final resting place in the company of a big, brassy jazz procession.

 
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Last updated: 6/9/2014 10:31:21 AM

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