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The French Quarter, or Vieux Carre ("old square" in French), is the original townsite of La Nouvelle Orleans. The 6x11-block grid was laid out in around 1721 by Adrien de Pauger. The French Quarter and New Orleans remained French territory until 1762, when the Spanish gained control due to Louis XV ceding the land to his cousin, Carlos III of Spain. Most buildings in the French Quarter date back to Spanish colonial times, mainly because of fires in 1788 and 1794 that burned down almost all of the French architecture. The Spanish enforced a fire code that encouraged stucco, which resulted in the painting of stucco into pastel colors that are familiar today. The wrought iron and cast iron balconies and galleries complimented the pastel colors.


Restaurants on Chartres Street.



Businesses on Iberville Street at Chartres Street.



Businesses and apartments on Chartres Street.



Buildings at Bienville & Chartres Streets.



Buildings on Chartres Street.



An old house at Chartres & Conti Streets.



Buildings on Conti Street near Exchange Place.



Exchange Place, an old pedestrian street that used to be a marketplace. Exchange Place was named after the City Exchange, which was New Orleans' major auction market.



Buildings on Royal Street.



Bars on Bourbon Street.



An old house on Dauphine Street at Conti Street.



The Famous Door nightclub, on Conti Street at Bourbon Street. The jazz club was founded in 1935.



Bars and strip clubs on Bourbon Street.



Businesses on Bourbon Street.



Buildings on Toulouse Street.



Bars on Bourbon Street.



A bar at Bourbon & St. Peter Streets.



The Bourbon Orleans Hotel, on Bourbon Street at Orleans Street. The hotel used to be the site of the Salle D'Orleans, also known as the Quadroon Ballroom. The ballroom was where White men courted Quadroon women.



Looking up Orleans Street from Bourbon Street.



A building at Bourbon & St. Ann Streets.



Looking down St. Ann Street towards Royal Street, with the Bourbon Orleans Hotel on the right.



Looking down Orleans Street from Bourbon Street at the St. Louis Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans.



Looking west up Bourbon Street from St. Peter Street.



A restaurant on Bourbon Street.



Looking south down Bourbon Street towards Canal Street and the Hibernia Bank Building.



The Inn on Bourbon, a Ramada hotel. The site used to be the location of the French Opera House, built in 1859 when the French-speaking Creole population was beginning to decline. The current structure was built in the 1960s in the Vieux Carre Revival style.



Bars on Bourbon Street.



The former Bank of Louisiana building, on Conti Street across from the Civil Courts Building. The structure was built in 1826.



Buildings on Chartres Street.



Businesses on Chartres Street.



Businesses on Bourbon Street, including Galatoire's Restaurant. Galatoire's was started by Jean Galatoire in 1897. After purchasing Victor's restaurant from Victor Bero, patrons began calling the restaurant "Galatoire's", and the name became official in 1905.



Buildings on Bienville Avenue.



Businesses on Bourbon Street.



The Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon Street.



The Old Absinthe House, built in 1806, at Bourbon & Bienville Streets. The fanlight windows were once part of an entresol, a middle floor that was used in Spanish-colonial buildings as a storage space. The entresol was removed to provide a higher ceiling for the ground floor of Fat Catz, the bar that occupies the building.



Bars on Bourbon Street, with the Astor Crowne Plaza on Canal Street in the background.

 

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Nice pics! Glad to see you did your homework on the FQ too, although I will say Eagles fans suck. :) I had to hear the Eagles chant while being stuck in traffic for a while after getting out of the game. :lol:
 

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Great pics Matt. I didn't know that the Inn on Bourbon was a Ramada, was it that way before Katrina? Surely, not, but I've never actually stayed in the French Quarter overnight (MOST of the night does not count lol!). You forgot to get Tennessee William's old lair in Pirate Alley! That's the most beautiful scene in the entire French Quarter.
 

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Nice pics! Glad to see you did your homework on the FQ too, although I will say Eagles fans suck. :) I had to hear the Eagles chant while being stuck in traffic for a while after getting out of the game. :lol:
Us Eagles fans were pretty quiet at the game, actually. The season before this, I went to a game in Tampa, and that was an ugly mess in the stands. Of course, Eagles fans did cause some ruckus on Bourbon Street, but I think everyone that's there does that.
 

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Us Eagles fans were pretty quiet at the game, actually. The season before this, I went to a game in Tampa, and that was an ugly mess in the stands. Of course, Eagles fans did cause some ruckus on Bourbon Street, but I think everyone that's there does that.
It was mainly after the game in which the Saints of course lost.
 

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What a tour!!! Excellent pics, brought back good memories, hehehe.

The feeling that FQ has is like being in Latin America, very laid back, and fun. Thanks.
 
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