There are people in this world that loathe being part of the status quo and perhaps the late Charles Briggs was one of them. His 1849 Gothic-Revival home was originally built for someone else and is the sole one of its kind within the resplendent district. Architecture buffs may recognize the home’s exterior design as the work of the famed Irishman, James Gallier Sr. At one time, his work featured prominently throughout the Big Easy. Sadly, he died tragically off the Georgia coast in the fall of 1866.
Those looking to enjoy a repast within the confines of a historical, architectural beauty should look no further than the Commander’s Palace. Built in the late 1800s, its Greek-Revival exterior is a real head turner. Over the years, it’s said to have been graced by the presence of such notables as Jefferson Davis, Elliot Ness and Mark Twain. Today, it is home to a venerable chef that serves stunning, sustainable cuisine. Try the crawfish boil beignets, turtle soup and blue crab stuffed flounder. You won’t be disappointed.
Musson – Edgar Degas House
Another architectural wonder to add to your “must see” itinerary is the Musson-Edgar Degas House. Built in 1850, the Italianate-style home was once the residence of the renowned Musson and Degas families. Presently, it is a bed and breakfast with an accompanying museum. The well appointed guest rooms feature antique furnishing and the museum houses some of Degas’ artwork. The home’s original architect was Benjamin Rodriguez of Esplanade Ridge Historic District fame.
Those are just a few of the architectural gems that adorn New Orleans’ Garden District. To learn more about them and the others, contact the New Orleans Tour Center. We offer a variety of excursions, including our New Orleans City Tour. It includes a stop in New Orleans’ Garden District as well as other intriguing, Big Easy destinations.