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Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Image by www78
New Orleans was the largest and most important city in the South during the Antebellum Period. Consequently the Old Post Office and Custom House was the first, oldest, and largest Federal government building in the South before the American Civil War. It is known for its Egyptian Revival columns and Greek Revival Interior. Construction began in 1848, the U.S. Customs Service moved in 1856, and the US Post Office moved in in 1860. However the Civil War interrupted and the massive building was not finished until 1881. The customs house was briefly occupied by Confederate forces before it fell back to Union control in 1862, thereupon it became a temporary prison holding up to 2000 Confederate prisoners. The Customs House holds six blind niches on each side of the trapezoid building. While the architect designed them for statues of historic American figures, this never occurred.
In 2008 the Customs House became the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, at 2,100 m^2 the largest museum in the United States dedicated to insects. You can consume some insects in the cafeteria, Bug Appétit.
Central Business District, New Orleans, Louisiana
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