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Favorite Building Friday – Carrollton Courthouse

For this week’s Favorite Building Friday, we are heading uptown to talk about the Carrollton Courthouse. Located at the top of the St. Charles Streetcar line is Carrollton, a lovely and mostly residential neighborhood situated in a bend of the Mississippi River and extends to the Jefferson Parish Line.  This area was originally part of Bienville’s property upon the founding of New Orleans, and as time went on it was subdivided and sold. By the early 1800’s this property was in the hands of the McCarty Family, who were prosperous sugar planters. In the 1830s, the family sold their property[…]

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Favorite Building Friday – Merchants Mutual Insurance Building

This week we head to Canal Street, the great dividing line between the French Quarter and the Central Business District to learn more about the Merchants Mutual Insurance Building, located between St. Charles and Camp Streets. This three and a half story building was designed by William Freret, who was a native New Orleanian and designed many residential buildings in the wealthy Garden District, such as the New Orleans Women’s Guild House and a collection of speculation houses known as “Freret’s Folly”. The brick building’s façade is made almost completely out of cast iron, with all three levels containing different[…]

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Favorite Building Friday – Pedesclaux-Lemonnier House

For today’s Favorite Building Friday, I would like to share with you another building that Hyacinth Laclotte worked on: the Pedesclaux-Lemonnier House. This lot was purchased in 1795 by Pierre Pedesclaux, a Notary for the Spanish Government. As a result of the recent fires (1788 and 1794), the lot was empty. He commissioned Barthélémy Lafon to build his home. Lafon was an architect who had designed some stunning homes that can still be seen in the French Quarter today: Bosque House (616 Chartres Street) and the Rillieux House (343 Royal Street). Construction began on this three story home, but Pedesclaux[…]

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Favorite Building Friday – Napoleon House

Favorite Building Friday! For this week’s Favorite Building Friday, I want to share the not only one of my favorite buildings, but it is also one of my favorite casual restaurants in the city: the Napoleon House. I had lunch at this spot earlier in the week, and it really reminded me of how much I love this building. The Napoleon House was built in 1814 for Nicholas Girod, mayor of New Orleans from 1812-1815. If you have been by this building, I know that you are thinking, that the sign over the door says 1797. Yes, it sure does,[…]

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Favorite Building Friday – New Orleans Cotton Exchange

Happy Favorite Building Friday This week we head back downtown to the Central Business District to learn about the New Orleans Cotton Exchange. In the past I have come across pictures of the original building and wondered about it – it is really an amazing work of art, but where is it? What happened to it? Today I bring you all of my findings. In 1871, in order to compete with the newly formed New York Cotton Exchange, the New Orleans Cotton Exchange was created in an office at the corner of Carondelet and Gravier Streets in the Central Business[…]

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