| For over a hundred years, this beautiful, historic building served as New Orleans City Hall. Located on St. Charles Avenue, in the city's Business District, the building was designed by well-known architect James Gallier, Sr. and construction was completed in 1853. Many important events in the city's history have taken place at Gallier Hall. It now serves as a reception hall and home to the critically acclaimed Ty Tracy Theatre (named for the late Artistic Director of the New Orleans Recreational Department Theatre).
However, it may be best known for the VIP viewing galleries placed in front of it every Mardi Gras season. The parades always pause at this location and marching bands usually perform in front of the grandstands. It was in front of Gallier Hall that the mayor toasted the Saints during the Super Bowl victory parade in 2010.
Below, pictures of Gallier Hall, first, current images and, then, past.