One of the few surviving houses that lined the bayou in the late 1700s, and the only Creole-colonial style country house in the city open to the public, is named for James Pitot, who bought the property in 1810 as a country home for his family. In addition to being one of the city's finest merchants, Pitot served as New Orleans mayor from 1804 to 1805, the city's first mayor after the Louisiana Purchase, and later as parish court judge. The Pitot House was restored and
moved 200 feet to its current location in the 1960s to make way for the expansion of Cabrini High School. It is noteworthy for its stucco-covered brick-between-post construction, an example of which is exposed on the second floor. The house is typical of the West Indies style brought to Louisiana by early colonists, with galleries around the house that protect the interior from both rain and sunshine. There aren't any interior halls to stifle ventilation, and opposing doors encourage a cross breeze. The house is furnished with period antiques from the United States, including special pieces from Louisiana.
Mar 22, 2004
I had been to both Nottoway and Oak Alley Plantations and, since this had a Fodor's Choice asterisk, I made it a point to visit. We took a cab down Esplanade all the way to Moss St. The driver had never heard of the place (and he was a local) so it was lucky we had the address. We came across a modest 2-story French-Carribean style house with a history. The docents were hurrying about getting the house ready for a fund-raising event -- it's used
frequently for entertaining so you may want to call ahead to make sure it's open for visitors. We did get a very informative private tour. I was surprised that it was such a modest plantation after seeing the other plantations on the River. We did learn that two rooms had been used in the filming of "Interview with a Vampire." The docent set up the scenes for us. I would recommend visiting if you have seen French Quarter and Garden District and are looking for something new to see. I was particularly interested in seing this type of architecture and learning more about the history of the city. From here you can go across the way to visit the City Park and Botanical Gardens. If you're driving, it would be a good place to visit before you drive across the lake. It makes for a nice change after the bustle of downtown.