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Madame John's Legacy, New Orleans

Categories: Architectural Buildings, History Museums, Museums, Tourist Spots
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3.4/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
Madame John's Legacy is a historic house museum at 632 Dumaine Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Built in 1788, it is one of the oldest houses in the French Quarter, and was built in the older French colonial style, rather than the more current Spanish colonial style of that time. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970 for its architectural significance. The Louisiana State Museum owns the house and provides tours.Description and historyMadame John's Legacy stands north of Jackson Square, on the southwest side of Dumaine Street between Royal and Chartres Streets. The building's name derives from a story by New Orleans authorGeorge Washington Cable, and refers to a building that previously stood on the site. It is a French colonial raised cottage, its ground level a full-height basement built out of brick, and a wood frame main level above. The exterior is clad in wooden boards. Behind the main building is an open courtyard, with a brick slave quarters at the rear of the property. The basement level of the house appears shorter than it was when built, in part because the street level has been raised in the intervening centuries.The house was built in 1788, and is a rare survivor in the area of the quarter's 1794 fire. The house undernwent a number of alterations in the 19th century, most notably as part of a conversion to apartments in the late 19th century. In 1947 the house was donated to the Louisiana State Museum. It was operated as a museum until 1965, when it was closed due to hurricane damage. It was subjected to a painstaking restoration in the early 1970s, restoring it as much as possible to its late 18th-century appearance, and reopened.
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  • Even by taking the time to read all of the panels, the visit is very short. The main interest (for me) is of french colonial style architecture, and its history. Free entry.
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  • Considering the history of this house I was expecting there to be a fair amount of information as regards the history of the building but no, it was about it being a pottery and whilst the pottery was...  read more »
  • What a wonderful treat to visit this historic site and find this display of pottery. Absolutely breathtaking. Loved this house. 
  • We tried to come here twice during listed operating hours, but both times it was closed. We called the Louisiana State Museum number and asked about it. They couldn't tell us why nobody was there.
  • Want to know what French New Orleans really looked like? This house is a 1788 reconstruction of a house that was originally built in 1726. It's often said that this is the second oldest building in the Mississippi valley, but that is not the case. If you accept the 1788 date, there are many older structures. If you accept the 1726 date, which is more appropriate, it's the oldest French colonial structure in the Mississippi valley. Either way, you're looking at how New Orleans appeared to its early settlers and visitors.
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