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.
This 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.