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Madame John's Legacy, New Orleans
(3.5/5 based on 35 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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  • It is an 1830 mansion, an example of Frances-luisiana architecture. The House received its first and last owner name and served as a country residence for several wealthy individuals during the 19TH century. The property on which the House is located was part of the original plantation of Chalmette, but was subdivided by the brothers St. Amond in 1832 and sold to Alexandre Baron.
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  • We found this museum wandering around the city on foot. It was a lovely surprise. It was a lovely, quiet space to be in after the noise of the French Quarter on game day. 
  • since this place survived some of the early great fires in new Orleans it is one of the oldest places in town. I like to look at how old places are constructed so I really liked it - others might be d...  more »
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  • Building condition was great! The National Parks Service is doing a great job in maintaining it. As a Clay Sculptor, it was fabulous to see Newcomb Pottery upclose and learn more about it's history.
  • It's free. It's open to the public. One of the very last French colonial buildings in the quarter. Don't plan your trip around it because there is not much else to it, but you will likely pass it walking around the French Quarter, and when you do make sure to pop in.
  • 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.