Hermann-Grima House, New Orleans

The Hermann-Grima House is a historic house museum in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. The meticulously-restored home reflects the "Golden Age" of New Orleans. It is a handsome Federal-style mansion with courtyard garden, built in 1831. It has the only extant horse stable and 1830s open-hearth kitchen in the French Quarter.
The house has been restored to its original splendor through archaeological studies and careful review of the building contract and inventories. The house is recognized as one of the earliest examples of American architecture in the French Quarter. The restoration accurately depicts the gracious lifestyle of a prosperous Creole family. Approximately one-half of the collection can be sourced to original families.
The Christian Woman's Exchange (now The Woman's Exchange), a local non-profit organization, purchased the property in the 1920s and ran it as a boarding house for single women until 1975. It was restored and reopened as a museum in 1975, and The Woman's Exchange still owns and operates the building today. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974.
William Brand designed and built the house in the Federal or Georgian style. This was not a commonly-used style in early 19th-century New Orleans. It features a symmetrical facade, an ornate doorway, and a wide central hall, but it is not purely Federal.
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  • It's hard to find a place that even teenagers like, but the tour and history of the Hermann-Grima House had them captivated. Though some of the outside area was being renovated, we were still able to ...  more »
  • They just must be visited, and I mean both Hermann-Grima and the Gallier House. I was very lucky to have a private excursion without 20 other visitors, probably the right timing! Everything is so well...  more »
  • Our particular tour had a special exhibit about death and mourning, which was strange. The house is dark and dreary, but still an interesting history lesson.  more »
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  • We toured the Hermann-Grima house first because of my obsession with 1800’s history and buildings, and second because of part of American Horror Story: Coven being filmed here. Our guide was so knowledgeable and he engaged us in learning about the history of the home. For whatever your reasoning may be, I highly recommend this tour.
  • Mary gave an insightful and detailed tour! You’re able to see the well-decorated rooms in the main house as they transition through different eras of time as well as the outdoor spaces (servants quarters, kitchen, laundry). An INCREDIBLE must see hidden gem!!!
  • Very interesting! I enjoyed hearing about the previous owners and residents of the property, and seeing the history. Great tour!
  • Wow, a Federal house in the French Quarter of New Orleans! Fascinating, and beautifully preserved. We had a lively tour learning about the two families that lived in this very impressive home. It was an hour well spent and a tour we'll remember.
  • Excellent tour with a guide who cared about the house and its history. The house needs some TLC still, but it was a good tour never the less. We were not allowed to take photos inside the home. Only outside.
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