Homes for Sale Garden District New Orleans, Lower Garden District and Irish Channel

Grandiose Mansions, Antebellum Roots, Greek Revival and Sightseeing

Originally incorporated as Lafayette City in 1833, what is now known as the Garden District was annexed by the City of New Orleans in 1852.  This entire area was once a handful of plantations which were sold off in parcels to wealthy Americans who were not interested in living in the bustling French Quarter along with the Creoles.  Most of the New Orleans Garden District was platted from the infamous Livaudais Plantation.

Currently a designated jurisdiction of the New Orleans Historic Districts and Landmarks Commission, the Garden District of New Orleans is also designated a National Historic Landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Garden District Homes – Antebellum Roots

The Antebellum period (1830-1862) is considered the most glamorous and prosperous in New Orleans’ rich history.  New Orleans hosted wealthy cotton and sugarcane planters as well as extravagant riverboats and ships that sailed from all over the world.  New buildings were being erected as the population grew.  Fine restaurants, ornate hotels, and a flourishing opera attracted immigrants and visitors alike.  Festivities included parades, lavish balls and other society events.  Gambling, duels and the practice of voodoo were common during this period.

However, during this period of glamour and prosperity New Orleans residents struggled through twelve devastating epidemics in thirty-five years.  Typhoid, malaria, cholera and yellow fever placed the community, the city was filthy and frequent flooding of unpaved streets a certain inconvenience.

In efforts to escape these urban challenges upriver expansion gave birth to today’s Garden District neighborhoods.  Early development consisted of only a couple of houses per city block, each surrounded by a large garden hence the name “Garden District”.  As Uptown New Orleans became more urban in the late 19th century, these large lots were subdivided.  The result you see today on any given Garden District block is a couple of early 19th century mansions surrounded by  “gingerbread”-laden late Victorian period houses.  Today New Orleans’ Garden District is known more for the architecture than the Gardens.

The first homes built in the Garden District were in the Greek Revival style, often a to story wood frame townhouse with a covered balcony spanning the width of the building in front on each level (Greek Revival Double Gallery House).  Early examples had plain wood pillars supporting each gallery.

Homebuyers are often inspired when searching New Orleans Garden District homes for sale by the later Italianate style Double Galleried SIdehall House and the large, stately Queen Anne House of the Victorian Period (1862-1900).  Commander’s Palace is a great example of the Queen Anne Corner Storehouse, complete with finial-topped tower.

The homes and gardens in the Garden District of New Orleans are so revered that a sightseeing must-do for tourists from around the world is a Garden District walking tour led by a guide who points out notable homes and shares Garden District history with attendees.



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Below are an Italianate Style Double Gallery House in the Garden District on third Street, a Greek Revival Double Gallery House in the Lower Garden District on Melpomene Street, and a Queen Anne House in the Garden District on Second Street.

Garden District, New Orleans Landmarks

St. Alphonsus Church, Commander's Palace, Lafayette Cemetery

St. Alphonsus Church

Located in the Irish Channel neighborhood, St. Alphonsus Church is home to a parish dating back ti the 1840’s.  This historical building is quite amazing to experience. The video below showcases the architecture well.

Commander’s Palace

An icon of the New Orleans Garden District, Commander’s Palace restaurant is on the list for many visitors and locals alike.  This famous dining destination features traditional New Orleans cuisine in an upscale format.  It is a favorite for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, and graduation celebrations.

Lafayette Cemetery

Located across the street from Commander’s Palace in the Garden District is Lafayette Cemetery, recognized by the German Consulate as the oldest German-American cemetery in New Orleans.  Sean Perry notes the diversity of those resting here including doctors, lawyers, writes, artists, laborers and more.  Encompassing a city block as other New Orleans cemeteries, Lafayette Cemetery is a quiet place where one can walk and feel the years of history outlined by the stories of the buried.

Dining and Shopping in the Garden District

Magazine Street - A Popular Thoroughfare

Magazine Street is a popular corridor that runs from Uptown New Orleans all the was to downtown Canal Street.  The portion that runs through the Garden District, Lower District and Irish Channel emanates energy as pedestrians peruse offerings of antique shops and clothing stores.  Bars and restaurants are packed day and night as gathering places for friends and colleagues taking time to burn some steam and socialize.


Antiques on Jackson

As You Like it Silver Shop

Fleurty GirlFleurty Girl


Wilkerson RowWilkerson’s Row



Joey K’s Restaurant

Stein’s Deli

The Bulldog


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