One of the most architecturally diverse neighborhoods in the United States, the Garden district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 .
Located up river from the Quarter along St Charles Avenue, it is an inspiring example of Antebellum New Orleans. This neighborhood is also home to Commander’s Palace, one of the city’s premier dining destinations since the 1880s. Author Ann Rice is a former resident and used both her properties in the Witching Hour and Violin novels.
The tour will meet outside of the Rink, an 1884 roller skating rink, now a coffee shop and bookstore. You will be led past grand mansions and view examples of Creole, Victorian, and Antebellum architecture. The stories of the families who once resided in them are as intriguing as their gardens..
After touring the mansions, you will return to the Rink for a short rest. Next, the tour will spend a brief period inside of the famous Lafayette Cemetery #1, which has been the location of numerous Hollywood South productions
Highlights of the Tour:
Anne Rice’s House, used in her novel, The Witching Hour
Buckner Mansion, featured in the HBO series, American Horror Story
Lafayette Cemetery #1, featured in the movie, Double Jeopardy. A photographer’s playground!
Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar, (Not on the tour! However, many guests like to stop here for one of New Orleans Best Po Boys after the tour.)
The tour will meet and depart from the Rink Shopping Center: 2727 Prytania.
2 Hour Private Walking Tour
1.25 of a Mile Walking Distance
$300 Private Tour: Up to 8 People, $25 for each additional guest
Reservations are required and subject to availability
*Note: Many parts of the sidewalk are broken and uneven. Some may find them to be challenging.)
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Subjects will include:
- Origin and evolution of the Garden District
- Antebellum Culture and Daily Living
- Explanation of the Architectural Styles
- Celebrity Homes