Save Latter Library’s Historic Murals

Friends of the Library is supporting the restoration of the beautiful, hand-painted murals in this historic home and public library. You can help save this local landmark by making a gift below.

2354991365_b9b39145d7_b2355828516_79aac9ac3b_bThis former private home now serves as the most elegant public library in New Orleans. Built in 1907 and taking up an entire city block, this Italianate-beaux arts mansion was once the home of silent-screen star Marguerite Clark. Clark hired local painters and artisans to contribute the home’s beautiful murals and carved mantels. The home was subsequently purchased by the Latter family and given to the city as a library in 1948 in memory of their son Milton, who was killed in World War II.

Over time, the original plaster ceiling has become detached from the lathe. The large area of dead plaster is weighing down on the canvased ceiling and causing cracks and bulging on the canvas’ surface.

Today the murals are in danger and we need your help to preserve them. We are raising $15,000 to restore this beautiful home for generations of New Orleanians to enjoy. Please give generously today. donation-bar

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