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This is a somewhat unusual view of one of the Pontalba buildings looking toward Jackson Square as we walked from the Riverfront Streetcar stop.
These red brick buildings with the iron lacework balconies were built in 1848 by the Baroness Micaela Almonaster de Pontalba, daughter of Don Andres Almonester y Roxas. They were intended for use as apartments above stores, and some of them are still used like that today.
You can read about the life of the Baroness (who was born in New Orleans in 1795, married at 15 and shipped off to France, shot 4 times by her father-in-law and in addition to the Pontalba buildings, she also built the U.S. Embassy residence in Paris) in INTIMATE ENEMIES: The Two Worlds of the Baroness de Pontalba by Christina Vella
Address: 523 St. Ann and St. Peter St.
Directions: Around Jackson Square
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