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Gallier House, New Orleans

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History Museum Historic Site
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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  • The curator himself took my friend and I on a tour of this historic resident in the French Quarter. We sought it out not because we saw anything in guidebooks, but because a friend who lived in New Or...  more »
  • I would highly recommend a visit to the Gallier House. First of all, the building itself is beautiful and the tour which tells the history of the family and the house is very interesting too. Michael ...  more »
  • Very beautiful building and it's very interesting to see and hear about its history. I highly recommend going here.  more »
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  • Guide was great, all the sites were cool, history is fascinating but for the amount of money to tour it, you should be able to have some things you're hands on with. Not giving 5 stars because of the price.
  • Historical house well preserved. I love this type of thing, so this tour was lots of fun. Good tour guide.
  • Fantastic tour. Beautiful home
  • Nice historic spot but as with everything in Nola, needed maintenance and was run down
  • Was there by 3 and was told tour was full. Meantime a guy was told he couldn't take his drink, "well its full, I ain't leavin' it" so they waited for him to finish. Group of 6. I was a single and they couldn't take me?

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