2016 Sunset Report

OLG & DCRT Strategic Plan
2020-21 through 2024-25


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Items in the architectural collection range from pieces of prominent buildings to objects used to facilitate plumbing and temperature control within commonplace period interiors. Artifacts might have been directly removed from the structures in which they stood or found using archaeological field methods. Notable examples include:


The museum possesses several architectural models, including a model of the St. Louis Cathedral, Gallier Hall, the Government House of the French Colony of Louisiana, the Cabildo, and the Ursuline Covent. Many architectural models were made in-house at the museum in the 1930s. On a popular note, LSM maintains possession of a model fort used in the filming of Cecil B. DeMille's The Buccaneer, filmed in 1937.

Specific Building Features
The museum maintains a collection of artifacts that were found in or were part of prominent Louisiana buildings. Some of the buildings represented include the St. Louis Hotel, the St. Charles Hotel, and the Ursuline Convent in New Orleans. This collection includes building features such as door hinges, keys to windows, doors and shutters.

Hurricane Katrina
The museum collected numerous artifacts related to Hurricane Katrina representing the disaster and
post-disaster recovery. Among the Katrina artifacts are building and construction components such as rebar from the 17th Street Canal, a FEMA trailer door key, and a garage door featuring markings left by an SPCA rescue team.