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The Cabildo - 1938
This is the site of the Louisiana Purchase and is the flagship building of the Louisiana State Museum historical museum complex. The Cabildo was constructed in 1795-99 as the seat of the Spanish municipal government in New Orleans. The name of the governing body who met there was the "Illustrious Cabildo" or city council. In 1988 the Cabildo was severely damaged by fire. Over the next five years the landmark was authentically restored. It reopened to the public in 1994 with a comprehensive exhibit focusing on Louisiana's early history.