Treme Neighborhood

Faubourg Treme, America’s oldest African American Neighborhood

If you are searching Treme homes for sale, you are probably aware of the neighborhood’s rich history.

Faubourg Treme, America’s oldest African American neighborhood, is located between N. Rampart and N. Broad Street, and from Canal Street to St. Bernard Avenue.  The Treme neighborhood historically has been a site of significant events of cultural, social, and legal nature that have helped to shape African American history.

Treme includes the  infamous “Congo Square” where Africans would gather to dance and play drums, and during times of slavery business was conducted here, where slaves could sell crafts to purchase their freedom.

Treme History

Treme Real Estate and Jazz Legends

New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood is named after Claude Treme, a hat maker and real estate developer who came from Burgundy, France in 1783. Interestingly, he only owned a small piece of Treme and only for about a decade.

Free persons of color and African slaves who had obtained freedom were able to acquire, purchase and own property in Treme while slavery was rampant in the United States.

Treme Street Prison 1838

Treme Street Prison 1838- Engraving from “Gibson’s Guide and Directory of the State of Louisiana, and the Cities of New Orleans and Lafayette”, 1838

Toward the end of the 19th century, the Storyville red light district was established in the Treme neighborhood.

Corner of St. Claude and Domain Streets, Treme, painting by Paul Poincy

Corner of St. Claude and Domain Streets 1895 By Paul Poincy (1838-1909) – 1895 painting by Paul Poincy via Louisiana State Museum website


Faubourg Treme celebrates its rich history through second line parades and jazz funerals, and is the site of Armstrong Park, in honor of jazz legend Louis Armstrong.

Treme Brass Band with Trombone Shorty and Dr. John in Treme, New Orleans

Treme Brass Band with Trombone Shorty and Dr. John in Treme, New Orleans

Modern Day jazz greats that have emerged from Treme include Kermit RuffinsTroy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and  Shannon Powell. New Orleans brass bands have also emerged form this historic neighborhood.


  • Historic Treme in New Orleans Celebrates 200 Years | … – NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A colorful and musical New Orleans neighborhood is marking the 200th anniversary of its origins as an early melting pot for the city and the nation. Treme (truh-MAY) is considered one of America’s most unusual neighborhoods and holds significant place in the history of jazz. It is also getting some new energy thanks in part to the spotlight provided by the HBO series”Treme.
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Treme Neighborhood Historic Sites

Armstrong Park, New Orleans African American Museum and St. Augustine Church

Armstrong Park

Congo Square became Armstrong Park, located on the boundary of the French Quarter at 1701 N. Rampart, dedicated to jazz legend Louis Armstrong.

Armstrong Park hosts events year round, including Martin Luther King Day, Red Dress Run, and various festivals.

New Orleans African American Museum

Locate din the historic Treme neighborhood, the New Orleans African American Museum’s purpose is to promote and preserve the contributions made to New Orleans Culture by people of African heritage though education.

The main building is a raised center-hall cottage built in 1828 known as the Meilleur-Goldthwaite House.

Exhibits include African beadwork, costumes, masks, textiles and musical instruments.

St. Augustine Church

St. Augustine Catholic Church of New Orleans was founded in 1841 under Bishop Antione Blanc, who became the first Archbishop of New Orleans. The oldest African-American Catholic parish in the United States, St. Augustine Church was founded by free people of color who bought pews for slaves, enabling them to attend services.


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