New Orleans is a city with a rich history and culture, and the Garden District is one of its most beloved neighborhoods, making it a very popular tourist destination in New Orleans. This historic neighborhood is known for its large mansions and lush gardens, where visitors can take a Garden District walking tour with New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours to see the district and its most impressive homes, all while learning about its rich history.
History of the New Orleans Garden District
The City of Faubourg Lafayette, which was annexed to the City of New Orleans as the Fourth District, is famous for its cemeteries. This cemetery has become one of the most popular tourist spots in the Garden District and was named after the City of Faubourg Lafayette. This historic cemetery was established in 1833 and is the final resting place for many famous New Orleanians, including the Brunie family, who were very notable jazz musicians. Visitors can take a guided cemetery walking tour with New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours to learn more about its enigmatic story.
Homes & Architecture
As you walk through the Garden District, you’ll notice the many grand mansions that line the streets. These homes were built by some of New Orleans’ most wealthy citizens in the 1800’s and are a prime example of the city’s architectural diversity. Many homes were constructed in the center of two large lots (60′ x 120′) surrounded by landscaped grounds, which were frequently bordered by big iron fences and even masonry walls that are set back from the road with large gardens.
Several residences were built in the late antebellum period in a variety of architectural styles, including Greek Revival raised center hall cottages, side hall townhouses, and 2-story 5-bay center halls with double galleries. Shotgun-style houses began to be built in the late 1840s and continued until around 1910. Some of the most notable homes in the Garden District include The Beauregard-Keyes House, The Hermann-Grima House, and The Pontalba Buildings.
If you’re interested in taking a New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour, New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours will definitely meet the need! Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a tour through this historic neighborhood and tell you all about its fascinating history. We offer group tours which take you through the most amazing sites that the Garden District has to offer. Contact us today to learn more and secure your spot!