Get A Free 2014 New Orleans Guidebook
When you signup for the New Orleans Newsletter

Sign-up for our newsletter today so you can stay up-to-date with the latest
news on good deals on upcoming events. As a bonus we'll send you our handy guide to the city.

Get Exclusive Access To:
  • The latest news about can't-miss events and festivals
  • Insider information on where to dine, shop, sleep and celebrate
  • Savings opportunities you'll find nowhere else
Tell Us Where To Send Your Newsletter:
Your privacy is important to us - we never sell or share your information. You can unsubscribe anytime by clicking the unsubscribe link in any of our newsletters.
The 1850 House
 

The 1850 House
lsm.crt.state.la.us

The 1850 House

523 St. Ann St., Lower Pontalba Bldg., Jackson Square
New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 524-9118, (800) 568-6968

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Hours: Retail Store open Tuesday-Sunday 9:30am-3:30pm
Free Off-Street Parking: No
Handicapped Accessible: No/Unknown

Attraction Information

Attraction Type/s:  Museum, Historic Home
Admission Cost: $3 for adults and $2 for senior citizens, students and active military. Children under 12 are admitted free. School groups are free, but reservations are required. Combination tickets for two or more sites within the LA State Museums receive a 20% discoun

Description:

The Upper and Lower Pontalba Buildings, which line the St. Ann and St. Peter Street sides of Jackson Square, were built in 1850 by the Baroness Micaela Almonester de Pontalba, daughter of Don Andres Almonester y Roxas, the Spanish colonial landowner associated with the neighboring Cabildo, St. Louis Cathedral, and Presbytere. They are believed to be the oldest apartment houses in the United States.

Inspired by the imposing Parisian architecture the Baroness favored, the distinctive rowhouses were intended to serve as both elegant residences and fine retail establishments. In 1921 the Pontalba family sold the Lower Pontalba Building to philanthropist William Ratcliff Irby who subsequently, in 1927, bequeathed it to the State Museum.

To illustrate the landmark's historical significance, the State Museum has recreated what one of the residences would have looked like during the Antebellum era when the Baroness Pontalba first opened her doors. Faithfully furnished with domestic goods, decorative arts and art of the period, the 1850 House depicts middle class family life during the most prosperous period in New Orleans' history. Limited docent- and curator-led tours are available as is self-directed viewing.The Museum gift shop, operated by the Friends of the Cabildo, is located in the 1850 House.

 
PHOTOS & VIDEOS
The 1850 House
The 1850 House Photos
(6 Photos)

The 1850 House Video 1
 
 
 
DRIVING DIRECTIONS
 
From
To
The 1850 House
or enter address
Address:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Country:
Address: 523 St. Ann St.
City: New Orleans
State: LA
Zip Code: 70116
Country: USA

Get Directions to Other Locations

 
Arrival
Departure
 
Hotels Bed and Breakfasts
 

 
 

View Gallery

See More

Sign Up