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New Orleans Sights

Pitot House

  • 1440 Moss St. Map It
  • Bayou St. John
  • House/Mansion/Villa

Updated 04/10/2014

Fodor's Review

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.

Sight Information

Address:

1440 Moss St., New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119, United States

Map It

Phone:

504-482–0312

Sight Details:

  • $7
  • Wed.–Sat. 10–3 or by appointment

Updated 04/10/2014

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