1850 House - Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans

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523 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70116 +1 800-568-6968

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    1850 House

    by msbrandysue Written Dec 30, 2007

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    While you're walking around Jackson Square you'll see the 1850 House which is apart of the Louisiana State Museums.

    "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, the daughter of Don Andres Almonester y Roxas, the Spanish colonial landowner associated with the neighboring Cabildo, Cathedral and Presbytere. 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 re-created 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."

    View from Jackson Square...Don't miss it!

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