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Hermann-Grima House, New Orleans

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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 Women's Exchange (now The Women'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 Women's Exchange still owns and operates the building today. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974.ArchitectureWilliam 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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  • The Hermann-Grima house was a wonderful way to spend a rainy hour in New Orleans. It's rich with history and interesting facts. Our docent Destiny was amazing and answered all of our questions. I'm so...  more »
  • This was a great tour. The house is well-preserved. Our tour guide, Destiny was amazing. We were the only people of the tour, and she still put everything into the tour. I highly encourage anyone visi...  more »
  • Very nice, well preserved home of a plantation owner, which was used when " in town ". The guide was informative.  more »
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  • Beautiful historic building. Very friendly and informative staff. Worth a visit!
  • Amazing Historic Home that I toured. A German commodities Broker owned the house in the 1800s and now it is a museum. I visited while in NOLA for an auto dealer conference!
  • “Really cool attraction” Amazing stories associated with this house as the turn of the century arose with some nefarious deeds Our guide has some very interesting stories associated with the previous occupants of the house If you really want to learn some history of how NOLA was developed both physically & politically at the turn of the century this is the place to...
  • One of the New Orleans locations for the 1999 Ashley Judd movie, Double Jeopardy. (Maison Beau Coeur)
  • I would have loved to see this house. However it is under restoration and you can only see half of it, and they are still charging regular price.

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Though you can walk to most tourist attractions in New Orleans from a hotel in the central business district, remember that many other parts of town feature less expensive and equally comfortable accommodations. Smaller hotels and private guesthouses in quiet residential neighborhoods offer not only good local food and spacious rooms, but can also allow you to explore the city's culture away from overwhelming tourist crowds. To reduce your carbon footprint during your stay, consider one of French Quarter's many green or eco-friendly hotels.
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