The Presbytere and Louisiana State Museum
Designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo and St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytere, originally called Casa Curial or "Ecclesiastical House" was built on the residence of the Capuchin monks. However, despite original intentions and its current name, the Presbytere was never used by the clergy. Instead, it held commercial enterprises until 1834, when it became a courthouse. In 1911, it became a part of the Louisiana State Museum.
Backstory and Context
Mary Ann Wegmann, The Law Library of Louisiana, and University of New Orleans History Department, “The Presbytère: Home of the Louisiana Supreme Court, 1822-1853 ,” New Orleans Historical, accessed February 3, 2017,http://www.neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/804.
Presbytere History, Historic American Buildings Survey, HABS 18-5, Library of Congress, 1935.
Rightor, Henry. Standard History of New Orleans, Louisiana. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company: 1900.
Wardens of the Church of St. Louis of New Orleans v. Antoine Blanc, Bishop of New Orleans, 8 Rob. 51, 1844 La. Lexis 96 (La. June 1844).