This impressive Greek Revival building was the inspiration of James Gallier, Sr. Now an events hall, it was erected between 1845 and 1853, served as City Hall for just over a century and has been the site of many important events in the city’s history—especially during the Reconstruction and Huey Long eras. Several important figures in Louisiana history lay in state in Gallier Hall, including Jefferson Davis and General Beauregard. Of late, local music legends Ernie K-Doe and Earl King were so honored. Five thousand mourners paid respects to K-Doe, who was laid out in a white costume with a silver crown and scepter before being delivered to his final resting place accompanied by a huge, brassy jazz procession. A $10-million exterior renovation was completed in 2017, followed by an interior spiff.