You don’t have to look further than our own Avenue Inn, to see that there are beautiful mansions in New Orleans. The Garden District, where we are located, has a wealth of these glorious homes, but you’ll find that other neighborhoods do too. Here are a few of the most notable ones, all open to the public and well worth a visit.
1850 House. Officially part of the Louisiana State Museum, 1850 is a glowing example of middle class life in the mid-19th Century. The Jackson Square row-house is filled with antiques representative of the antebellum era, such as Old Paris porcelain, fine furnishings, and paintings.
523 Saint Ann Street, New Orleans
Tuesdays – Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Beauregard-Keyes House. Sitting opposite the Ursuline Convent on Chartres Street, this 1826 home was once rented by Civil War General P.G.T. Beauregard. The home has been beautifully restored and it is known to have one of the most glorious gardens in the French Quarter.
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tours begin on the hour and last about 45 minutes
Adults/$10, seniors and students/$9, military/$7.50, children 6-12/$4, under 6/free
Pitot House. Named for former New Orleans mayor, James Pitot, this is the only Creole Colonial country house open to the public. Located in Bayou St. John, the home has had a diverse set of owners over the years, including notable lawyers and nuns. Now home of the Louisiana Landmarks Society, it is lovingly preserved and furnished with Louisiana and American antiques from the early 1800’s through mid-19th Century.
1440 Moss Street, New Orleans
Gallier House. You’ll get a glimpse of the elegant Victorian lifestyle in this the mid-19th Century French Quarter home. Owned by famed architect James Gallier and his son, the interior has a Rococo Revival double parlor. There’s exquisite attention to detail, down to the authentic toys and games in the children’s room. It is said to be one of the first homes in New Orleans with hot and cold running water.
1126 Royal Street, New Orleans
Hermann-Grima House. This 18th Century home is just a few blocks from Gallier House and is managed by the same organization. Its outbuildings include slave quarters. Restored through the efforts of The Woman’s Exchange, the rooms are furnished in period pieces, including historically accurate reproduction carpets and upholstery.
820 Saint Louis Street, New Orleans
Hours for both mansions:
Tours Thursday – Tuesday, on the hour from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Gift shop: daily, except Wednesday, 9:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
One house, $12.36 – $15.45; both homes, $20.60 – $25.75
House of Broel. This Garden District mansion is a favorite wedding venue, and it’s easy to see why. With gorgeous chandeliers, a grand ballroom, and elegant décor, the home oozes old world charm. Originally built in 1850, the house was elevated in 1884 so a new and spacious first floor could be added.
2220 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans
Open for tours by appointment only: Adults/$15, children/$10
Longue Vue House & Garden. The magnificent yard and gardens are as noteworthy as this famous house. You can read all about it in our July blog.
The best way to begin a tour of notable New Orleans homes is by staying a night or two here at Avenue Inn. Give us a call to make your reservation!