The City of Lafayette was established as a separate city from New Orleans in 1833. It was annexed into New Orleans in 1852. Today this area is made up of the Garden District and the Irish Channel. On this tour, visitors can see the wide differences between the dwellings of the rich and the simple shotgun homes that were occupied by a mainly first generation immigrant population of the antebellum period. Also included in the tour is a walkthrough of St. Alphonsus Church, which was built in 1855, in response to the explosion of Irish immigration due to the Irish potato famine. This church was closed in 1970s due to a lack of parishioners. In the 1990s the Friends of Saint Alphonsus group was created to save this incredible building by adding it to the National Landmark List.
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