Louisiana Supreme Court Building and Law Library

Wednesday, August 14, 10:00-11:00 am | Maximum 25. Preregistration required.

Contact information (for reservations and information):
Georgia Chadwick,
400 Royal Street, 504-310-2402, GChadiwck@LASC.org

As the best example of Beaux-Arts architecture in New Orleans, the Louisiana Supreme Court Building stands out among the pastel fronts and wrought-iron railings of the French Quarter. The building was completed in 1910 and housed the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Orleans Civil District Court. In 1958, the state supreme court moved to more modern quarters in the Central Business District. The building fell into disrepair, but restoration and renovation began in the 1990s. It reopened in 2004, and the Louisiana Supreme Court again took up residence, celebrating its bicentennial on March 1, 2013.

Housed in these impressive quarters, the Law Library of Louisiana is approaching its own bicentennial of providing legal information for Louisianians. Its collection of 150,000 volumes includes a comprehensive collection of Louisiana legal materials, treatises on American law, state and federal government documents, statutes and codes of all 50 states, and a concise collection of rare and special materials.

Join Library Director Georgia Chadwick for a tour of this Beaux-Arts gem.

Public Transportation: Catch the Riverfront Streetcar at the Poydras St. Station at the foot of Poydras St. in the direction of “French Market.” Get off at the Bienville St. Station. With the river behind you, exit the station and turn right on to Saint Peter St.; walk one block to Conti and turn left on to Conti. Walk five blocks on Conti to Royal St. and turn right. The Supreme Court Building, 400 Royal St., is between Conti and Saint Louis St., on the right hand side of the street.

Walking: 0.7 miles, about 14 minutes. From the hotel cross Poydras to Convention Center Blvd. Turn left at Canal then right onto North Peters St. Go three blocks to Conti and turn left. Go three blocks on Conti to Royal and turn right. 400 Royal St. is midway between Conti and Saint Louis St., on the right hand side of the street.