IF ONLY….those cities that are trying to revitalize their historic downtown core areas all had a Queen Anne Hotel and her surrounding history to rebuild upon. Today, people are choosing to relocate where their is a sense of place to embrace. Throughout the #Challenge, it is my hope that you have come to recognize the important part preservation plays in retaining these wonderful hotels and inns. My goal was to help open your eyes to a new appreciation of your surrounds and architectural assets.
The Queen Anne Hotel is located in the heart of the Garden District, originally developed between 1832 and 1900 and is considered one of the best-preserved collections of historic mansions in the Southern United States. The Hotel is an elegant 1890’s Victorian mansion, a prime example of the spacious homes built by Americans who settled the area following the Louisiana Purchase. An area once filled with plantations, parcels were sold to the New Orleans’ American elite in the late 1840s. The area now know as the Garden District is filled with architecturally notable residences and nestled in lush grounds on oak‐lined streets. A very early example of a luxury suburb, it was dubbed the “Garden District” by travel writers as early as 1852.
In addition to its grand residences, the area is made up of more modest homes in many sizes and styles, as well as a cemetery, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, a shopping corridor along Magazine Street and a large public avenue, St. Charles Avenue. In 1833, this area became the City of Lafayette and was not incorporated into the City of New Orleans until 1852.
The Garden District remains a tightly knit community still occupied by families who have been a part of New Orleans’ most famous social traditions since the 19th century.
The district was laid out by New Orleans architect, planner, and surveyor Barthelemy Lafon.
Originally the area was developed with only a couple of houses per block, each surrounded by a large garden, giving the district its name. In the late 19th century, some of these large lots were subdivided, as Uptown New Orleans became more urban. This has produced a pattern for much of the neighborhood: of any given block having a couple of early 19th-century mansions surrounded by “gingerbread”-decorated late Victorian period houses. The “Garden District” is now known for its architecture more than for its gardens. The Garden District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark.