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Gallier House, New Orleans

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Gallier House is a restored 19th-century historic house museum located on Royal Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.It was originally the home of prominent New Orleans architect, James Gallier, Jr. Construction began in 1857 and he moved in with his wife and children in 1860.The fully furnished house includes a courtyard garden, elegant carriageway, and slave quarters. The interior is restored and furnished in the style of the 1850s. The home boasts numerous technological and architectural advancements for its time, offering a glimpse into 19th-century cutting-edge design. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974 for its association with Gallier, one of the city's most important architects of the mid-19th century.In 1996, the Woman’s Exchange became the steward of this historic house after acquiring it from Tulane University. The Gallier House reflects an accurate and comprehensive historic restoration of one of New Orleans’ time-honored landmarks.ArchitectureThe house is eclectic, combining Italianate features such as stucco treatment with classical elements like the formal front entrance. The stucco covering protected the soft, locally-made brick from erosion by wind and water. The building was constructed of brick-on-brick foundations which increase the width below the surface.The front entry is protected by the original cast iron gate. Much of the cast iron in the French Quarter was purchased from catalogs, so it was not as unique as the wrought iron. The front gate of Gallier House, however, was designed by James Gallier, Jr. specifically for this house.
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  • I wrote my review of the Gallier House under the 1850 House thread. So, here, I give the reader a similar statement because these two museums are close enough. An okay attraction. Like my 1850 House r...  more »
  • Dry, but interesting to history buffs. I learned quite a lot about the War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans, the Reconstruction and the treatment of slaves after they were freed. The narratives a...  more »
  • On a recent trip to New Orleans, we discovered this wonderful house tour in the middle of the French Quarter. The house was built in the 1860s and still retains many original architectural features. T...  more »
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  • Wonderful tour, beautiful furnishings. This is a great tour to give you an idea of what life would have been for this architect and his family. Restored to perfection and very educational tour and the least expensive tour I did while in New Orleans. Highly recommend if you love seeing old homes.
  • The exterior belies the richness of the Gallier House. An inheritance inventory allowed the restoration to be as faithful as possible. Excellent guide, and a fair amount to see. History buffs will enjoy.
  • One of my favorite things we did in Nola was tour this historic home. When you step inside it is breath taking. It was so interesting to learn about this family 's life in the 1800's and be immersed in it. Wonderful tour guide and liked the small group size.
  • Had a fantastic tour, our guide was lovely and incredibly well informed on both the unique history of the home and its inhabitants, as well as the history of the city and its architecture generally. Well worth a visit.
  • Loved the tour guide! Everything is so well preserved!
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