While strolling the streets, you can't help but fantasize about who once lived in these marvelous homes with their huge oaks and magnolias standing guard as they have for centuries.
New Orlean's Garden District is one of several neighborhoods that was carved out of a plantation owned by Bienville, the founder of New Orleans. Stocked full of Antibellum mansions and stately homes with lush gardens and iron gates, The Garden District was built to rival the architectural splendor of the Creole's French Quarter townhouses.
The elegant dwellings are perfect examples of the Greek Revival and Italianate architecture used to construct them. Celebrated author, Anne Rice, took up residence here, as did Jefferson Davis, although he passed away here in 1889.
One of the world's most famous restaurants, rated among America's Top Ten for over 20 years, Commander's Palace, is located in the heart of the Garden District, directly across from one of New Orleans most renown "Cities of the Dead" - a cemetery with elaborate tombs designed for above ground burial - necessary because of the high water table.
Garden District Facts:
- The oldest Garden District house, Toby's Corner, was built in 1838.
- The Lower Garden District is known for its elegant restored townhouses, Creole' cottages, raised Center Hall Villas and Shotgun homes.
- This "American" section of town is located between Louisiana Ave., Carondelet Ave., Josephine St. and Magazine St