To the typical Uptowner, New Orleans was Uptown,” writes author Margaret LeCorgne. The Uptown National Register Historic District, beginning upriver of the Garden District and stretching to Broadway, is a self-contained residential world. It’s a place where late 19thcentury homes are scrupulously maintained and smallscale restaurants and shops reinforce the feeling that you live in a village, not a city. Some of the best private and parochial schools in New Orleans make this neighborhood attractive to families. Because smaller shotgun and camelback houses are so abundant, especially close to the Mississippi River, Uptown draws renters and younger homeowners as well. Uptown was part of lands granted to Louisiana Governor Jean Baptiste LeMoyne, Sieur de Bienville in 1719, then divided into smaller plantations in 1723. Sugar was first granulated on one of these, the de Boré Plantation, in 1794, and a major brickyard had developed on the Bouligny Plantation by 1820. Subdivision began when Faubourg Plaisance, now the area around Louisiana Avenue, was carved from the Wiltz Plantation next to Lafayette City in 1807. Upriver plantations followed suit by subdividing, a process encouraged in 1835 when the owners of Carrollton Plantation and several developers introduced the New Orleans and Carrollton Railroad. In 1850 seven faubourgs, or developments, combined to form Jefferson City (between Toledano and Joseph streets), which was then in Jefferson Parish. New Orleans annexed Jefferson City and the settlements of Hurstville, Bloomingdale, Burtheville and Greenville, all of which are now part of Uptown, in 1870. By that time, prominent citizens had already begun building urban villas on entire squares along St. Charles Avenue. As land values rose, the squares were subdivided to permit more homes. It wasn’t until the 1884-85 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition on the present-day site of Audubon Park, however, that the areas away from St. Charles experienced a building boom. Today’s Uptown retains many of the grand homes built in the 1890s along St. Charles Avenue and in exclusive cul-de-sac developments like Rosa Park. On oak-shaded streets intersecting St. Charles, frame houses with ample galleries are the norm. Closer to the river, more modest shotguns built to house 19thcentury workers are steadily being refurbished, insuring that this premier urban residential neighborhood for over a century will continue its legacy of gracious living.

Uptown

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IMPORTANT BUILDINGS

TIMELINE

1719 Bienville granted lands that include
present-day Uptown
1723 Bienville divides upriver end of his
grant for sale as plantations
1794 Sugar first granulated on de Boré
Plantation, now Audubon Park
1803 Louisiana Purchase
1807 Wiltz Plantation divided into first subdivision Uptown
1833 New Orleans and Carrollton Railroad
(later the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar)
chartered; begins operating in 1835
1834 Plantation home of Gen. Wade
Hampton with Upperline and
Napoleon Avenue as upper and
lower limits
1850 Jefferson City incorporated
1855 Delachaise Plantation subdivided
into Faubourg Delachaise
1870 Jefferson City annexed by New Orleans
1871 City of New Orleans purchases
Foucher (formerly de Boré) Plantation
1883 Magazine and Prytania streetcars
extended to Exposition Blvd.
1884-85 World’s Industrial and Cotton
Centennial Exhibition spurs residential
building Uptown
1886 Exposition grounds renamed
Audubon Park
1891 Rosa Park, first of Uptown’s residential parks, established
1894 Tulane University relocates to
St. Charles Ave.
1904 Loyola University establishes campus
on St. Charles Ave.
1930s Merz Memorial Zoo in Audubon Park
built with WPA funds
1977 Audubon Zoological Society and
Friends of the Zoo revive zoo
1985 Uptown New Orleans established as
National Register Historic District

ANNUAL EVENTS

Algiers Point

Algiers Point

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Broadmoor

Broadmoor

An architecturally, economically and racially diverse neighborhood, Broadmoor is situated in the heart of the city. Although largely a 20th-century neighborhood, it began to be developed in the early 1880s on… read more

Bywater
The beautiful grounds of the Country Club (Photo: facebook.com/thecountryclubneworleans)

Bywater

Bywater is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Bywater District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Florida Avenue to the… read more

Carrollton

Carrollton

Perhaps it’s the tree-shaded streets and spacious houses that make Carrollton feel nostalgic, or perhaps it is the influence of Tulane and Loyola universities, whose many students, faculty and alumni make… read more

Central Business District

Central Business District

Like so many American urban centers, New Orleans’ Central Business District used to be a ghost town after work, but not anymore. Evenings now bring crowds to historic Lafayette Square for… read more

Central City

Central City

Orleanians from all across town converge on Uglesich’s in Central City for a lunchtime po-boy sandwich and some people watching. Nearby Café Reconcile draws lawyers, artists, activists and teachers, attracted by… read more

Esplanade Ridge

Esplanade Ridge

The grand address of the Creole upper class in the 19th century, Esplanade Avenue is a living gallery of 19th and early 20th century residential architecture. The oak-lined boulevard and surrounding… read more

Faubourg Marigny

Faubourg Marigny

People in Faubourg Marigny are passionate about preservation. They saw their downtown neighborhood, developed as New Orleans’ second suburb in 1806, abandoned by city officials and desecrated by “modern” zoning regulations… read more

Garden District

Garden District

The Classic Revival mansions and charming cottages of the Garden District are famous around the world, thanks to picture books and well-organized tours. What visitors rarely see, though, is the close-knit… read more

Gentilly Terrace

Gentilly Terrace

Gentilly Terrace was the second of New Orleans’ 20th-century neighborhoods to be named to the National Register of Historic Places. Developers Michael Baccich, Edward E. Lafaye and R. E. Edgar deMontluzin,… read more

Holy Cross

Holy Cross

The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, or Industrial Canal, is a narrow boundary, but it effectively separates urban Bywater from the relatively rural and settled Holy Cross Historic District. The cottages tucked… read more

Irish Channel

Irish Channel

The Irish Channel has experienced an exciting growth spurt. The blighted houses that filled the district in the early 1990s are finding new buyers who often renovate them for their own… read more

Lakeview

Lakeview

A neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Lakeview District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Robert E. Lee Boulevard to the… read more

Lower Garden District

Lower Garden District

Stroll under the oaks of Coliseum Square or any of the smaller parks in the Lower Garden District and you’re likely to find locals playing with their dogs or reading on… read more

Mid City

Mid-City is the heart of New Orleans, the area where locals come when they want to remember what makes this city the generous, pleasure-loving, hard-boiled town that it is. Stop by… read more

New Marigny

New Marigny

Convenient to both New Orleans’ Central Business District and the Vieux Carré, historic New Marigny, also called Faubourg St. Roch, has all the makings of a desirable downtown neighborhood. Industrialization and… read more

Parkview

Parkview

Each year the annual Endymion parade brings extended families onto the lawns of Parkview for an exuberant, weekend-long Mardi Gras picnic. A few weeks later Mardi Gras Indians from around New… read more

Seventh Ward

Seventh Ward

The Seventh Ward was considered by many to be the quintessential Creole neighborhood in New Orleans. Many educated and accomplished people of color lived here before the Civil War and throughout… read more

St. Roch

St. Roch

St. Roch is a neighborhood of the U.S. city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Bywater District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Lafreniere Street,… read more

South Lakeview

South Lakeview

Entering the neighborhood of South Lakeview is like taking a trip back in time to an era when families lived in the same home for generations and those homes were built… read more

Treme

Treme

Treme retains the feel of an old Creole New Orleans neighborhood. Second line parades and jazz funerals are still common, while several neighborhood bars are gathering places for musicians. Its architectural… read more

Vieux Carré

Vieux Carré

Today’s Vieux Carré, also known as the French Quarter, is home to more than 4,000 residents, many of whom walk to work in the neighborhood or in the nearby Central Business… read more

West End

West End

West End (also referred to as West Lakeview) is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Lakeview District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City… read more