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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Building Rules

Introduction to the Digest

Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Building Rules 3 II 86 12/11/1789 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr.- Don Joseph de Orue y Garbea petitioned the Cabildo for permission to build a house with a porch extending over the sidewalk. “Said porch, far from being an obstruction, will afford protection in time of rain or strong sun.” He further stated that the same porches are permitted throughout the Kingdom. The permit was granted.
Building Rules 3 III 198 2/20/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Cabildo grants permission to Don Joseph Xavier de Pontalba, Don Miguel Fortier, Don Estevan Bore, and Don Roberto Montreult to open a street through their own land in the middle of the block in front of the levee into Chartres Street, on the sole condition that all houses built thereon be of brick with flat roofs, and that on the extreme end of each house, two doors shall be built with a balcony over each door, in order that the symmetry of the city will not be disregarded.
Building Rules 4 I 53 10/2/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Governor informs the Cabildo that if each person is permitted to build his home of lumber, at will, there are some who would build them so large that in case of fire, control would be difficult. He recommended that rules for building homes be established. (On page 55 these rules are presented in detail by the Attorney General and are approved by the Commissioners.)
Building Rules 4 I 141 7/29/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster - The Attorney makes further recommendations in regard to building with brick, with some concessions to persons of small means. In the Second Ward frame buildings are prohibited. In the other three Wards, only roofs of tile or other fireproof material will be permitted.
Building Rules 4 III 166 4/18/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Attorney General calls attention to the fact that the building rules are not being complied with. The Cabildo met in extraordinary session (page178) to consider measures for enforcing the rules. The Acting Governor calls attention to the hardships the poor would suffer by enforcement, page 184.

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