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Gentilly, New Orleans East, and the Ninth Ward

Gentilly, New Orleans East,
and the Ninth Ward


Gentilly, New Orleans East, and the Ninth Ward

Away from downtown, there is still rich history and culture in New Orleans – in fact, many argue this is where the culture comes from. Historic neighborhoods like Holy Cross and Gentilly Terrace sit on some of the highest ground in the city. These once rural areas live today as the starting ground for the neighborhoods that now surround them.


The Gentilly neighborhood is home to historic Dillard University and the largest collection of California Craftsman-style bungalows in Louisiana. There are also many English cottages and Spanish and Mediterranean Revival raised houses from the early 1900s. Part of this neighborhood became Gentilly Boulevard and later U.S. Highway 90 – part of the Old Spanish Trail – that connected St. Augustine, Florida to Los Angeles, California.

Originally this settlement founded on the long, narrow ridge, as most of the surrounding area, especially between the Pontchartrain and Gentilly Ridge, was very swampy. The Gentilly Terrace was actually man-made – built by piling up earth in the shallow sections of the swamp to create high land. The homes along Gentilly Terrace came up in the early 1900s and by the mid 1900s, with the development of drainage pumps the area, became entirely populated and known as Gentilly.


The City of New Orleans defines the Gentilly neighborhood beginning at the Lake on the north, Peoples Avenue to the east, the London Avenue Canal on the west and the Louisville and Nashville Railroad bounding the south. Some maps and New Orleanians refer to Gentilly when speaking about the Upper Ninth Ward and the eastern side of the Industrial Canal, which is now known as New Orleans East.

The Ninth Ward

New Orleans’ Ninth Ward is the largest of the city’s 17 wards. Within the Ninth Ward there is the Upper Ninth – notable for the Habitat for Humanity Musician’s Village, started after Hurricane Katrina by Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr.

The Musician’s Village

In early 2006, Habitat for Humanity acquired eight acres of land in the Upper Ninth Ward where the Musicians' Village is located. The Musicians' Village consists of 81 Habitat-constructed homes for displaced New Orleans musicians. Its centerpiece is the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, dedicated to the education and development of homeowners and others who live nearby.

The Lower Ninth Ward

The Lower Ninth Ward gained national attention for it tragic devastation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Notable areas of the Lower Ninth Ward include Jackson Barracks, which also serve as headquarters for the Louisiana National Guard when they are stationed in New Orleans.

Holy Cross

A noted historical area in this section of New Orleans is the Holy Cross Neighborhood. Holy Cross hugs the Mississippi River on the “lower” side of the Industrial Canal, just a few minutes away from downtown New Orleans. This neighborhood served as the staging ground for the revitalization of the Lower Ninth Ward – an effort spearheaded by Global Green and a continued effort by the Preservation Resource Center.

New Orleans East

Gentilly, New Orleans East, and the Ninth Ward
Gentilly, New Orleans East, and the Ninth Ward
Gentilly, New Orleans East, and the Ninth Ward
Gentilly, New Orleans East, and the Ninth Ward

A large area in the eastern part of New Orleans, New Orleans East includes the urbanized area directly east of the industrial canal. The area provides one of the best ways to discover wildlife within the city’s limits. New Orleans East also includes the Lakefront Airport and NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility. A visit to these areas is truly a visit to an important part of New Orleans’ past, as well as its modern-day history.

Village de L’Est

New Orleans East is known for its thriving Vietnamese community. The earliest Vietnamese settlers came in the years following 1975, and moved to the Versailles Arms apartment complex. As a result, Village de L’Est is also known as Versailles or “Little Vietnam.” The community is full of delicious Vietnamese cuisine, including the well-known Dong Phuong Restaurant & Bakery and other ways to discover the New Orleans-Vietnamese cultural connection. Each winter, the community celebrates Vietnamese New Year, or Tet.

Get Outdoors

Visitors who hope to discover more about the New Orleans area’s wildlife and wetlands without leaving the city limits can find an outdoor haven in New Orleans East. Outdoorsmen will enjoy Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, Chef Menteur Pass, the Venetian Isles, Lake St. Catherine, Irish Bayou and the remains of historic Fort Pike.


Gentilly, N.O. East, Ninth Ward

Gentilly, N.O. East, Ninth Ward

Gentilly, N.O. East, Ninth Ward
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Gentilly, N.O. East, Ninth Ward

Gentilly, N.O. East, Ninth Ward
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