Only a short streetcar ride away from the famous French Quarter, it’s hard to believe that the Garden District is in fact a part of New Orleans. The difference in architecture and atmosphere leaves you wondering if you have in fact gone to another part of the world after being within the buzzing and vibrant French Quarter, rather than just crossing over to the other side of Canal Street.
The Garden District is a gorgeous, relaxed district of New Orleans – complete with elegant American-style town houses, delicate courtyards and beautiful Oak and Magnolia trees. The streets of the Garden District are really something special, especially for someone like me, who loves to admire houses and spends way too much time on Real Estate websites with no intention at all to buy.
Many of these magnificent mansions were constructed in the late 1800s. Their stunning architecture follows many different styles, although the most common are based on a Greek Revival style – which gives these beautiful structures a plantation-like feel.
The mansions in the Garden District are often owned by famous figures and celebrities, which is no surprise for such a nice, graceful area. Some of which include: Sandra Bullock, John Goodman, Mark Twain, Jefferson Davis and Nicholas Cage. It has also been the filming location of many movies such as Django Unchained.
The best street to wander down and admire the houses would probably have to be 1st Street, there are some truly grand and gorgeous houses along there. Also, be sure to check out the oldest house in the Garden District Toby’s Corner with the white-picket fence, which was built in the 1830s, and was home to the same family for six generations.
The Garden District is also home to the Lafayette Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in the city. Despite being quite run down, beyond the overgrown weeds it has some extravagant above-ground grave sites.