Built in 1839, the Arsenal stands adjacent to the Cabildo on the site of the old Spanish Arsenal built in 1762. Designed by James Dakin, the building is an example of Greek Revival style. It housed the Orleans Artillery up until the Civil War when it was used by Confederate troops to store supplies. After occupation by Union forces, the Arsenal came under federal control and was used as a military prison. During Reconstruction, it was given back to the state and was used to house the Metropolitan Police, giving it an important role in the Battle of Liberty Place of 1874. Violence between the integrationist Metropolitan Police and the white supremacist Crescent City White League erupted over a contentious gubernatorial election. The White League prevailed at first, occupying the Cabildo and Arsenal for three days until President Ulysses S. Grant sent in federal troops to restore order. In 1914, the Arsenal was transferred to the Louisiana State Museum to exhibit military objects.
600 St. Peter St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
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