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The Carrollton Courthouse served as the seat of government for Jefferson Parish until the City of Carrollton was annexed by New Orleans in 1874. It is one of the most important public buildings from Carrollton’s days as an independent city and is one of the city’s most significant landmarks in New Orleans located outside of the French Quarter.
In the early 1950s, the community and the nonprofit group Louisiana Landmarks Society staved off a demolition threat that led to the courthouse’s rebirth as a school. From 1957 to 2013, it housed a series of public schools, including Benjamin Franklin High School, the first New Orleans public high school to integrate in 1963.
“The Carrollton Courthouse is a beloved landmark with a rich tradition of serving the community. It deserves to have a special place in New Orleans’ future.”Stephanie Meeks
Now, this stately Greek Revival building, designed by one of New Orleans’ most noteworthy architects, Henry Howard, is threatened with an uncertain future as the Orleans Parish School Board prepares to sell it with no preservation safeguards in place.
"The Carrollton Courthouse is a beloved landmark with a rich tradition of serving the community," said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. "It deserves to have a special place in New Orleans' future. We urge the Orleans Parish School Board to join preservationists in planning the next phase for the Carrollton Courthouse to ensure its legacy continues."
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