- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Interior restoration work has begun on a mid-19th century building that once served as New Orleans City Hall.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and members of the city’s Tricentennial 2018 Commission announced the latest phase of work on Gallier (GAL’-ih-yer) Hall on Tuesday. It’s part of an overall restoration project being supported with a $5 million private fundraising endeavor aimed at getting the historic building in shape ahead of the city’s 300th anniversary in 2018.

Gallier Hall was erected between 1845 and 1853 and served as New Orleans’ City Hall for just over a century. It still hosts ceremonial events, including the mayor’s annual toasts to parading Carnival royalty from the front steps.

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