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Gallier House, New Orleans

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4.6/5 based on 50 reviews on the web
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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  • Shows the historic charm of the French Quarter. Lots of details intact in the thome! Interesting even for children! 
  • This beautiful old home is only five blocks up from the Cathedral on Royal Street. The one hour tour is really informative and cover the home, contents and occupiers. See how upper middle class people...  read more »
  • Peter led an extremely interesting tour. Unlike some of the for-profit plantation tours, this one is based on detailed historical records that bring the Gallier family to life. The house is also beaut...  read more »
  • Very neat to see this house done up in original period decorations. Check it out.
  • They don't post their hours anywhere but on the web, so we went over on Wednesday and it was closed. We came back today at 10am, it was closed. No information on their door. Just said "come by later." Got their brochure. No date/time information. Called the main number and it went to someone's voice mail. We went back at noon and it was open but no tours until 1. We've now spent our whole morning just trying to find out when to come in. Very frustrating indeed. Sure it's worthwhile, but is it really too much trouble to put your hours on the door?
  • Awesome history.
  • Awesome place and great tour.
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