The Classic Revival mansions and charming cottages of the Garden District are famous around the world, thanks to picture books and well-organized tours. What visitors rarely see, though, is the close-knit neighborhood that keeps this historic district alive and thriving. Neighbors here know and look out for one another. They expect to see familiar faces as they jog under the oaks near Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 in the early morning or when they take the dog for a ramble down Prytania Street at dusk. The same faces will likely crop up in the coffee shop or bookstore at The Rink, a neighborhood shopping arcade, or at one of the neighborhood restaurants along Magazine Street. Garden District residents can even call world-famous Commander’s Palace a neighborhood eatery. The restaurant annually hosts the Garden District Association’s “Fall Affair” to raise funds for neighborhood projects. Settled by American businessmen, most of them “Yankees” eager to escape the Creole-dominated politics of New Orleans, the Garden District was laid out in 1832 and incorporated as the City of Lafayette in 1834. Cotton brokers, shipping agents and financiers built fortunes in theboom years leading up to the Civil War, then established their families in elegant yet restrained houses on the new city’s spacious lots. By the time New Orleans annexed the area as the fourth district of the city in 1852, travel writers had already dubbed it the “Garden District” for its capacious, showy gardens. A small group of favored architects, including Henry Howard, Lewis E. Reynolds and William Freret, won numerous commissions here, while other builders followed their lead and consulted the same pattern books. Today’s Garden District is a dynamic community grounded in a strong sense of tradition. Some of its homes are still known by the names of the families that built them over a century ago, and official flags designating Mardi Gras royalty are a common sight here during Carnival season. At the same time, the area has met modern challenges by organizing for zoning and security measures to protect the neighborhood’s environment and buildings. In 1939 residents formed the Garden District Association, now a formidable force for preservation of the residential integrity of the area. A Garden District selftaxing district established in 1998 provides the neighborhood with extra security.

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Algiers Point

Algiers Point

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… read more

Broadmoor

Broadmoor

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… read more

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

Bywater

Bywater is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Bywater District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Florida Avenue to the… read more

Carrollton

Carrollton

Perhaps it’s the tree-shaded streets and spacious houses that make Carrollton feel nostalgic, or perhaps it is the influence of Tulane and Loyola universities, whose many students, faculty and alumni make… read more

Central Business District

Central Business District

Like so many American urban centers, New Orleans’ Central Business District used to be a ghost town after work, but not anymore. Evenings now bring crowds to historic Lafayette Square for… read more

Central City

Central City

Orleanians from all across town converge on Uglesich’s in Central City for a lunchtime po-boy sandwich and some people watching. Nearby Café Reconcile draws lawyers, artists, activists and teachers, attracted by… read more

Esplanade Ridge

Esplanade Ridge

The grand address of the Creole upper class in the 19th century, Esplanade Avenue is a living gallery of 19th and early 20th century residential architecture. The oak-lined boulevard and surrounding… read more

Faubourg Marigny

Faubourg Marigny

People in Faubourg Marigny are passionate about preservation. They saw their downtown neighborhood, developed as New Orleans’ second suburb in 1806, abandoned by city officials and desecrated by “modern” zoning regulations… read more

Gentilly Terrace

Gentilly Terrace

Gentilly Terrace was the second of New Orleans’ 20th-century neighborhoods to be named to the National Register of Historic Places. Developers Michael Baccich, Edward E. Lafaye and R. E. Edgar deMontluzin,… read more

Holy Cross

Holy Cross

The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, or Industrial Canal, is a narrow boundary, but it effectively separates urban Bywater from the relatively rural and settled Holy Cross Historic District. The cottages tucked… read more

Irish Channel

Irish Channel

The Irish Channel has experienced an exciting growth spurt. The blighted houses that filled the district in the early 1990s are finding new buyers who often renovate them for their own… read more

Lakeview

Lakeview

A neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Lakeview District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Robert E. Lee Boulevard to the… read more

Lower Garden District

Lower Garden District

Stroll under the oaks of Coliseum Square or any of the smaller parks in the Lower Garden District and you’re likely to find locals playing with their dogs or reading on… read more

Mid City

Mid-City is the heart of New Orleans, the area where locals come when they want to remember what makes this city the generous, pleasure-loving, hard-boiled town that it is. Stop by… read more

New Marigny

New Marigny

Convenient to both New Orleans’ Central Business District and the Vieux Carré, historic New Marigny, also called Faubourg St. Roch, has all the makings of a desirable downtown neighborhood. Industrialization and… read more

Parkview

Parkview

Each year the annual Endymion parade brings extended families onto the lawns of Parkview for an exuberant, weekend-long Mardi Gras picnic. A few weeks later Mardi Gras Indians from around New… read more

Seventh Ward

Seventh Ward

The Seventh Ward was considered by many to be the quintessential Creole neighborhood in New Orleans. Many educated and accomplished people of color lived here before the Civil War and throughout… read more

St. Roch

St. Roch

St. Roch is a neighborhood of the U.S. city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Bywater District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Lafreniere Street,… read more

South Lakeview

South Lakeview

Entering the neighborhood of South Lakeview is like taking a trip back in time to an era when families lived in the same home for generations and those homes were built… read more

Treme

Treme

Treme retains the feel of an old Creole New Orleans neighborhood. Second line parades and jazz funerals are still common, while several neighborhood bars are gathering places for musicians. Its architectural… read more

Uptown

Uptown

To the typical Uptowner, New Orleans was Uptown,” writes author Margaret LeCorgne. The Uptown National Register Historic District, beginning upriver of the Garden District and stretching to Broadway, is a self-contained… read more

Vieux Carré

Vieux Carré

Today’s Vieux Carré, also known as the French Quarter, is home to more than 4,000 residents, many of whom walk to work in the neighborhood or in the nearby Central Business… read more

West End

West End

West End (also referred to as West Lakeview) is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Lakeview District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City… read more