An architecturally, economically and racially diverse neighborhood, Broadmoor is situated in the heart of the city. Although largely a 20th-century neighborhood, it began to be developed in the early 1880s on marshy pasture land, which during heavy rains became a twelve-acre lake and favorite fishing spot for Uptowners. A Bayou St. John tributary, which ran to the bayou from what is presently St.
Charles Avenue, filled the lake. In 1873 there was only one registered landowner, but in the mid-1870s plans to develop the area were put into motion. By 1885 drainage canals had been built to move water out of the district. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, Pumping Station #1 at South Broad and Melpomene streets was completed in 1902 (just outside of the neighborhood’s boundaries.) By the end of the first decade of the 20th century a small population resided in the area, and the South Claiborne Avenue and Napoleon Avenue streetcar lines served the residents. The largest percentage of construction occurred between 1920 and 1924; and by 1930 the neighborhood had its own newspaper, The Broadmoor News. About the same time one of the city’s earliest neighborhood associations, the Broadmoor Civic Improvement Association, was formed. By the 1940s, at least 50 percent of the homes in the area were owner-occupied. Today the district is comprised of approximately 770 buildings, predominantly multi-storied Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean Revival homes, Bungalow style basement houses, low-slung double shotgun houses and Classical mansions. While the official National Register district is roughly bound by Octavia and Milan streets and South Claiborne to slightly beyond Fontainebleau, residents consider Broadmoor to be a larger area extending up to South Jefferson Davis Parkway and past Milan to Washington Avenue.

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Broadmoor

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IMPORTANT BUILDINGS

TIMELINE

1719 Included in land grant obtained by
Jean Baptiste le Moyne, Sieur de
Bienville, soon after he founded the
city of Nouvelle Orleans
1857 Plans drawn up to drain the area
1871 First drainage canal dug under
present day Claiborne Avenue
1902 Pumping Station # 1 completed
1910 New, large capacity screw pumps
designed by Albert Baldwin Wood
installed at Pumping Station #1
1922 Andrew H. Wilson School opens
1925 All of Broadmoor serviced by sewer
and water lines and public utilities
and new streetcar lines established
on S. Claiborne and Napoleon Avenues
1930 Publication of the Broadmoor News
begins, coinciding with formation of
Broadmoor Civic Improvement
Association
1970 Broadmoor Improvement Association
incorporated
1986 New Orleans Historic District
Landmarks Commission designates
the Hardie-Fattel House a landmark
1999 Southeast Louisiana Flood Drainage
Control Project begins four year
endeavor to build new underground
canals in the area
2003 Broadmoor listed in the National
Register of Historic Places
2005 Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans
and Broadmoor submerged by flood
waters
2006 Broadmoor Improvement
Association and Harvard University
develop comprehensive rebuilding
plan

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The beautiful grounds of the Country Club (Photo: facebook.com/thecountryclubneworleans)

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