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New Orleans Historic Homes and Buildings

There are an astounding 20 historic districts on the National Register in New Orleans, more than any other city in the United States. Inside these districts, an array of architectural styles from different time periods and cultures are reflected in individual homes and buildings, many holding on to secrets of time and people long gone, but never forgotten. Unveil the past with these architectural and historically significant gems.  

 
New Orleans Historic Homes and Buildings
The 1850 House
523 St. Ann St., Lower Pontalba Bldg., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 524-9118, (800) 568-6968
lsm.crt.state.la.us

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: 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.
Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel
4521 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 891-1943
ashrosary.org

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Church/Cathedral of Interest, Historic Building
Beauregard-Keyes House
1113 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 523-7257
www.bkhouse.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant (P.G.T.) Beauregard was a New Orleans native who ordered the first shots of the Civil War fired on Fort Sumter, South Carolina in April 1861. Frances Parkinson Keyes was a noted author of more than fifty books and short story collections. Built in 1826, the Chartres Street house they lived in at separate times nearly a century apart bears both of their names and is today a French Quarter landmark.
Bocage Plantation
39050 Highway 942, Darrow, LA 70725 [Map It]
(225) 588-8000
www.bocageplantation.com

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Considered a jewel of the River Road plantations and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bocage Plantation is an original, historic treasure of Louisiana. The antebellum mansion, with tree-lined path, two-story columns and elegant decor, has deep historic ties to the early colonization of the Southern United States. The mansion hosts daily tours, private events, and Bed & Breakfast stays. Bocoage Plantation is located just an hour outside of New Orleans and is a perfect day-trip excursion for visitors looking to experience the rich history of Louisiana.
The Cabildo
701 Chartres St., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 568-6968, (800) 568-6968
lsm.crt.state.la.us

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Site, Historic Building

Description: The Cabildo is one of the most historically significant buildings in America. Built between 1795 and 1799 to replace a structure that burned in the 1794 fire, the Cabildo served as the seat of government in New Orleans during the Spanish colonial period and is the location where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803.
Degas House
2306 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 821-5009, (800) 755-6730
www.degashouse.com

Neighborhood: Esplanade Ridge
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: The Degas House (circa 1852) invites your inquiries regarding overnight stays. Rooms & Suites with private baths, Creole breakfast and Tours of the House (the only home and studio, open to the public anywhere in the World, of the French Impressionist, Edgar Degas). Minutes to the French Quarter and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Destrehan Plantation
13034 River Rd., Destrehan, LA 70047 [Map It]
(985) 764-9315, (877) 453-2095
www.DestrehanPlantation.org

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Closest Plantation from N.O. Costumed tour guides, exhibits include an original document signed by Thomas Jefferson and Folk Art depicting the 1811 Slave Revolt. Period craft demonstrations daily.
Evergreen Plantation
4677 Hwy. 18, Edgard, LA 70049 [Map It]
(985) 497-3837
evergreenplantation.org

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Evergreen Plantation is the most intact plantation complex in the South with 37 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including 22 slave cabins. Evergreen has its country's highest historic designation and joins Mount Vernon and Gettysburg in being granted landmark status for its agricultural acreage. Today, Evergreen Plantation remains a privately owned, working sugar cane plantation. People live here and work here. Evergreen Plantation is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Gallier House
1132 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 525-5661
www.hgghh.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: Among the most prominent architects of this glorious era were the Galliers – James and James, Jr. – father and son. Between the two of them they designed some of New Orleans’ most famous and recognizable landmarks. In 1857, at the height of their fame and prestige, the Galliers designed a home of their own in the 1100 block of Royal Street. It still stands today and Gallier House is one of the true architectural gems of the French Quarter.
Hermann Grima House
820 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 525-5661
www.hgghh.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: Located in the heart of the historic French Quarter is the Hermann-Grima House, thought to be the finest example of American architecture in the area. Built in 1831, this Federal mansion boasts the only stable and functional outdoor kitchen in the French Quarter. The mansion has been beautifully restored through historic research and archaeological studies, and accurately depicts the gracious lifestyle of a wealthy Creole family from 1830 to 1860.
Historic New Orleans Collection
533 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 598-7100
www.hnoc.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home, Research Facility

Description: Founded in 1966 by General L. Kemper Williams and his wife Leila, the Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC) has a mission of preserving the French Quarter and New Orleans history. Its Royal Street Complex features seven architectural treasures.
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
40136 Highway 942, Darrow, LA 70725 [Map It]
(225) 473-9380
www.houmashouse.com

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Houmas House Plantation and Gardens offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a Grand Southern Mansion surrounded by the South's most beautiful gardens. Our recent restoration of the Mansion and Gardens offers our guests a view of the way life was in the early 1800's when sugar was king and Houmas House was the largest sugar plantation in the world. Guests will view a museum quality collection of antiques and artwork and will enter each of the rooms. There are no ropes to restrict the experience of touring the Mansion. We offer two restaurants to enhance the experience. Our Latil's Landing Restaurant is in the French House built in 1775, and is a part of the Grand Mansion. Latil's was named one of the Top 20 Restaurants in America by Esquire Magazine.
House of Broel's Victorian Mansion & Doll House Museum
2220 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 522-2220, (800) 827-4325

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home
Laura: A Creole Plantation
2247 La Hwy. 18 River Rd., Vacherie, LA 70090 [Map It]
(225) 265-7690, (888) 799-7690
www.lauraplantation.com

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Named 'Top travel attraction in Louisiana' by LA Travel Promotion Assn. Daily tours based on Laura's memoirs of detailed life on the 1805 Creole plantation. 50 minutes from New Orleans.
Le Petit Theatre
616 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 522-2081
www.lepetittheatre.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance), Historic Building

Description: This community theatre dating back to 1916 is the oldest continually-operated theatre in the country.
Longue Vue House and Gardens
7 Bamboo Rd., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 488-5488
www.longuevue.com

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home, Garden

Description: Hidden among the trees off Metairie Road is this magnificent city estate. Classified as a National Historic Landmark, Longue Vue is one of the last true examples of the Country Era Place homes that marked affluence in the early 20th century. Both the interior and exterior are feasts for the eyes with meticulously designed rooms and eight acres of breathtaking gardens. Tour the grounds to experience the splendor for yourself.
Madame John's Legacy
632 Dumaine St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 568-6968, (800) 568-6968
lsm.crt.state.la.us

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: Madame John's Legacy is one of the finest 18th century building complexes in Louisiana. It is one of the few French Quarter structures that escaped the great fire of 1794, which leveled much of city’s oldest section. The structures on the site in the early 1780's were destroyed by the conflagration and Madame John's was erected on the burnt-out lot in 1789.
Madewood Plantation
4250 Highway 308, Napoleonville, LA 70390 [Map It]
(985) 369-7151
www.madewood.com

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations
Magnolia Mansion
2127 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 412-9500
www.magnoliamansion.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home

Description: Selected one of the Top 10 most romantic Inns in America for 2007 by Iloveinns.com & American Historic Inns. This Historic Antebellum Mansion is one of New Orleans Architectural treasures, located in the Garden District, minutes from St. Charles Streetcar, FQ, Restaurants, and major attractions.
Malus Beauregard House
8606 West St. Bernard Ave., Chalmette, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 589-2133
www.nps.gov

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations, Historic Site
Musee Rochon
1515 Pauger St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 947-7673
www.rosetterochon.com

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home
The New Canal Lighthouse
8001 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 282-2134
www.saveourlake.org

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Building

Description: This famous NOLA landmark, first built in 1839, was rebuilt by the Lake Ponchartrain Basin Foundation and is the fourth lighthouse on the site. Take a guided tour of the museum, visit the gift shop and hear about the history of a light, a lake and a coast. Or just take a cool stroll along the lake! Even cooler - the lighthouse beacon shines every night, to aid mariners as they navigate the basin!
Nottoway Plantation
31025 Louisiana Hwy. 1, White Castle, LA 70788 [Map It]
(225) 545-2730
www.nottoway.com

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Experience antebellum grandeur in a riveting tour of the South's Largest Plantation Home. Featuring newly-renovated guest rooms, fine cuisine and wines in the new Mansion Restaurant and beautiful gardens. Perfect for weddings and special events.
Oak Alley Plantation
3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090 [Map It]
(225) 265-2151, (800) 442-5539
www.oakalleyplantation.com

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Come and enjoy her beauty and dream of her rich past. Explore 25 acres of history and romance, regret and rebirth, tragedy and triumph. Stoll these historic acres and see the legacies left by the Romans, the Stewarts & those in between. Step back into antebellum elegance and tour the Big House with a guide in period dress. And witness the reconstructed slave quarters to understand the lives of the workers whose labor made plantation life and its luxuries possible. Visit the Civil War Interpretive Exhibit which consists of a commanding officer's tent, staffed most days by one of our three Civil War interpreters.
Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 568-6968, (800) 568-6968
lsm.crt.state.la.us

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Building, Research Facility

Description: Built in 1835, the Old U.S. Mint is the only building in America to have served both as a United States and a Confederate Mint. President Andrew Jackson advocated the Mint’s establishment in order to help finance development of the nation’s western frontier.Today's visitor finds a number of stunning permanent exhibits in the Old U.S. Min including the “New Orleans Jazz” exhibit featuring instruments played by significant jazz musicians, sheet music, and memorabilia chronicling the history of Jazz from its humble beginnings on the streets of New Orleans.
Old Ursuline Convent
1100 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 529-3040

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Building

Description: Ursuline Convent is the oldest building in the Mississippi River Valley. Completed in 1752, it is also the oldest surviving example of the French colonial period in the United States. Often referred to as the Archbishop Antoine Blanc Memorial Complex, the Old Ursuline Convent also houses the Archdiocesan archives. The building is known as the "treasure of the archdiocese".
Ormond Plantation
13786 River Rd., Destrehan, LA 70047 [Map It]
(985) 764-8544
www.plantation.com

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Ormond Plantation is a historic Louisiana landmark built in the late 1700s. The house is built in the “Louisiana Colonial” style, with bricks and large cement columns, which create the house’s front porch. The plantation land is lined with beautiful Cyprus and Oak trees that are covered in Louisiana’s native Spanish moss. The plantation is open daily for tours and lunch, and also hosts private-events, including weddings and meetings, year round. Visitors can also stay at Ormond’s Bed and Breakfast, which is located inside the antebellum house and furnished with original antique decor.
Pitot House
1440 Moss St., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 482-0312
www.pitothouse.org

Neighborhood: Esplanade Ridge
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: The Pitot House, nestled on Bayou St. John, is a classic example of 18th century Creole Colonial architecture which served as the home of James Pitot, New Orleans’ first American mayor after the Louisiana Purchase, between 1810 to 1819.
Preservation Resource Center
923 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 581-7032
www.prcno.org

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: Dedicated to preserving the historic and unique architectural character of New Orleans’ neighborhoods, the PRC has been in the forefront of preservation efforts throughout its thirty-plus years of existence. Visitors can learn the difference between a Creole cottage and a double gallery Garden District mansion, or between a standard shotgun house and a camelback. The center features both permanent and rotating exhibits on New Orleans architecture and historic neighborhoods.
San Francisco Plantation
2646 Highway 44, P.O. Box 950, Garyville, LA 70051 [Map It]
(985) 535-2341, (888) 322-1756
www.sanfranciscoplantation.org

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations
St. Joseph's Church
1802 Tulane Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 522-3186
www.stjosephchurch-no.org

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Church/Cathedral of Interest, Historic Building

Description: St. Joseph's church boasts the longest aisle in New Orleans.
St. Louis Cathedral
615 Pere Antoine Aly., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 525-9585
www.stlouiscathedral.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Church/Cathedral of Interest, Historic Building

Description: St. Louis Cathedral, located in the historic French Quarter, is the oldest continuously active Roman Catholic Cathedral in the United States. It was originally built in 1724 and rebuilt twice after a hurricane and a fire. The present church overlooks beautiful Jackson Square and was dedicated in 1794.
Williams Research Center
410 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 598-7171
www.hnoc.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Historic Building, Research Facility

Description: The Williams Research Center, also known as The Historic New Orleans Collection, is a research facility and museum dedicated to the preservation of New Orleans and Louisiana culture through historic documents, books, and photographs. The research center opened in 1996 and serves as the Collection’s primary public research facility. Inside, you can find original documents, manuscripts, and photographs, as well as over 35,000 library items, which contribute to the rich culture of the city.
 
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