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Our Neighborhood - Faubourg Marigny

New Orleans Second Oldest Neighborhood

Existing for over 200 years, the Faubourg Marigny is considered New Orleans’ first suburb and is the city’s second oldest neighborhood after the French Quarter. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, it has been designated one of 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2009 by the American Planning Association’s Great Places in America program. The Great Places are communities the APA deem to be enjoyable, safe and desirable. These neighborhoods are defined by criteria including architectural features, accessibility, functionality and community involvement.

Originally the plantation of Bernard Phillippe Xavier de Marigny de Mandeville, a French nobleman, the Marigny was converted into a neighborhood where lots were purchased by a very diverse population of inhabitants. The street layout follows a 135 degree curve in the Mississippi River in a “rotated grid system” so streets could be continued from the adjacent Vieux Carre. This system provides unfolding views of the streetscape.

The heart of the neighborhood is Washington Square. Surrounded by a cast iron fence enclosing live oak trees, shaded benches, a children’s playground and open central field, the park is home to many events and festivals throughout the year.

During daylight hours, the densely populated neighborhood with its variety of architectural styles including single/double shotgun houses, Creole cottages, Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian lures residents to the many coffeehouses and boutiques scattered throughout the district. At night, it becomes an entertainment destination with a distinctly bohemian vibe, typified by the many musical venues on Frenchman Street.


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