OLD COURTS HOME TO NEW ORLEANS' PAST.
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Visitors to Louisiana seeking an in-depth portrait of the state will find it at the Williams Research Center, housed in a handsome, recently restored Beaux-Arts building at 410 Chartres St. in the French Quarter of New Orleans New Orleans (ôr`lēənz –lənz, ôrlēnz`), city (2006 pop. 187,525), coextensive with Orleans parish, SE La., between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, 107 mi (172 km) by water from the river mouth; founded .
The 14,500-square-foot center, which contains 80 tons of archival material, was opened in late January by the Historic New Orleans Collection, one of the city's most popular small museums, which had outgrown its quarters at 533 Royal St.
The Williams Research Center provides easy access to a large collection of books, manuscripts, documents, maps, letters, photographs and artifacts artifacts
see specimen artifacts. focusing on Louisiana and New Orleans history.
After the Chartres Street building was finished in 1915, it was home to a criminal court and a police station, but had been empty and deteriorating de·te·ri·o·rate
v. de·te·ri·o·rat·ed, de·te·ri·o·rat·ing, de·te·ri·o·rates
To diminish or impair in quality, character, or value: for 20 years before being rescued by the Collection in 1993. The $2.5 million restoration has revived the grandeur of the building's decor.
Among its records are 40,000 photographs and the unpublished manuscripts of the Louisiana photographer and author Clarence John Laughlin Clarence John Laughlin (1905 - 2 January, 1985) was a United States photographer, best known for his surrealist photographs of the U.S. South.
Laughlin was born in to a middle class family in Lake Charles, Louisiana. , who recorded the architecture of New Orleans and plantation country.
The center, (504) 598-7171, is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.