CULTURE & ARTS
02/06/2015 12:25 pm ET Updated Feb 06, 2015

How Hurricane Katrina saved some of New Orleans' most historic art from obscurity

For much of the five years it took to restore the historic New Orleans Lakefront Airport, the only occupants with air conditioning in the dank, mold-filled wreck left by Hurricane Katrina were a half dozen murals that had, until recently, been largely forgotten by all but a few art aficionados and historians.
Architects, who discovered the historical significance of the paintings while researching their restoration project, had them enclosed in small, climate-controlled rooms to protect them from the elements as workers toiled away in the often swamp-like conditions.

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