HL Does NOLA from A to Z: L is for LAKEFRONT AIRPORTPosted: April 14, 2016
L is for Lakefront Airport. Unless you’re on a private plane, you probably won’t be arriving into Lakefront Airport when you visit New Orleans. (If you are flying on a private plane, I want you to know that my humans and I are available for adoption. My pesky little canine sister in negotiable.) But Lakefront Airport is definitely worth the visit once you’ve reached your destination. Built in the mid-1930s under the direction of Governor Huey Long, the airport juts into Lake Ponchartrain on a man-made peninsula. Lakefront Airport relinquished its position as New Orleans’ main airport when what is now known as Louis Armstrong International Airport opened in the mid-1940s.
Lakefront Airport was badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge in 2005 and again during Hurricane Isaac in 2012. The magnificent restoration of this classic Art Deco facility was completed in late 2014. In addition to fixing the hurricane damage, the restoration revealed the airport’s beautiful details that had been covered for protection during the Cuban missile crisis and Cold War in the early 1960s, including murals by the late Spanish-American artist Xavier Gonzalez. (I urge you to click here to read more about the airport’s history and restoration and to see some very fabulous photos of its interior.)
On the day that we visited Lakefront Airport, some of Louisiana’s most acclaimed chefs were setting up for an event benefiting the New Orleans Mission and its work with the homeless and veterans. The evening also honored the late Chef Paul Prudhomme of K-Paul’s fame. Never fear. Even though those chefs have packed up and gone back to their own kitchens, you can still enjoy breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday at Messina’s Runway Cafe, located in the newly restored terminal building. Dining on New Orleans’ classic dishes, watching the planes take off and land, and exploring restored Art Deco beauty . . . I can’t think of a better way to spend some time in the Big Easy.
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