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Saint Alphonsus Church

New Orleans, Louisiana
County of Orleans.
2045 Constance Street
National Register Number: 73000872
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Religious facility. The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: LA-2 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Church.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 19, 1996):
St. Alphonsus is a very important example of 19th century brick masonry work in excellent state of repair. In addition, the interior is unique. It is one of the few surviving intact polychromed ecclesiastical interiors prior to 1870. The frescoes represent one of the few examples of Italian fresco work from that period in the country. There are also 1890s stained glass windows, designed and manufactured in Munich by F.X. Zetter of the Royal Bavarian Institute, that are intact in their original locations.

Katrina caused major damage to the church building and it was unusable. There was considerable damage to the roof, stained glass windows and the frescoes. Repairs in the amount of $656,000 are basically completed. The repair to the stained glass windows, $62,000 worth, is scheduled to begin soon. In May 2008 the church received a grant of $80,000 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to repair the front portico.

Repairs to the building are underway. See above.

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