It’s a short ferry ride from the foot of Canal Street in busy downtown New Orleans to Algiers Point, but the transition is dramatic. Algiers Point is New Orleans’ Brooklyn without the bustle, the place with great views of the city skyline and the Mississippi River. Part of Orleans Parish since the city annexed it in 1870, this neighborhood still has the feel of a village. That character has made “The Point” a favorite with musicians and artists. Initially, they also were drawn by affordable property, but the housing values have risen steadily over the last two decades and are comparable today to Faubourg Marigny and the Lower Garden District. Algiers was part of the land grant given to New Orleans founder Jean Baptiste LeMoyne, Sieur de Bienville by the Company of the Indies in 1719 and was subsequently acquired by Adrian de Pauger, one of the French engineers who laid out the Vieux Carré.

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Algiers Point

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IMPORTANT BUILDINGS

• Algiers Courthouse
• Converse House (c. 1850), 511 Seguin:
West Indies style villa, once a convent school.
• Seger-Rees-Donner House (1850), 405-
407 Delaronde, large two-family Greek Revival
double home built for a pair of sea captains
and their families.The large double was a
building style unique to Algiers.
• Algy Theater (1940), 446 Vallette St.This
classic Art Deco movie house is now a glassblowing studio.
• Metropolitan Tabernacle (195), 501-509
Opelousas Ave.As Philip Foto’s Folly Theater,
this venue presented vaudeville, movies, and
minstrel and musical acts in the teens and
’20s. Emmett Hardy and Papa Jack Laine’s
Reliance Band played here.
• 630 Pacific Ave. (1892) This “shotgun”
home gained international fame when it was
featured as a “This Old House“makeover in
1991.

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TIMELINE

1719 Algiers Point included in lands
granted to New Orleans founder
Jean Baptiste LeMoyne, Sieur de
Bienville
1721 Adrian de Pauger acquires
Algiers Point
1803 Louisiana Purchase
1812 Majority of Algiers Point
becomes Duverje Plantation
1819 Andre Seguin establishes first
Algiers boatyard
1827 Ferry service instituted between
New Orleans and Algiers
1837 First dry dock in Algiers
1840 Town of Algiers laid out as
“Duverjéburg” on former
Duverjé Plantation; Algiers first
appears in City Directories
1853 Algiers railroad yards established
1895 Fires destroys 250 houses in
Algiers
1950s Algiers railroad yard demolished
1972 Algiers Point Association formed
1978 Algiers Point named to National
Register Historic District

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ANNUAL EVENTS

• March: Algiers Courthouse Catfish Fry
• August: Night Out Against Crime
• October: Octoberfest
• November: Algiers Point home tour
• December: Algiers Courthouse 5K Classic Race;
Christmas bonfires along the levee

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