Shots of Stuff. . . Monday: Old Plaquemines Parish Courthouse and Prison

Yesterday, Mr. Claire and I went on a lazy Sunday drive downriver and ended up sneaking into an abandoned courthouse and prison. Naturally.

The Plaquemines Parish courthouse in Point a la Hache was built in 1915 and burned by arsonists on January 12, 2002. The arsonists were apparently trying to destroy records of a boat motor theft. Seems like an over-reaction.

Here’s the gorgeous building in all its former glory:

And here it is now:

(The one in the bathroom above looks like it has a ghost in it. Alas, it’s only my shadow.)

It’s such a pity to lose an old, beautiful building like this. But, then again, it’s still kind of beautiful, is it not?

(All shots taken with Hipstamatic.)

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