New Orleans Sights

Pitot House

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

Published 07/24/2015

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, Pitot House 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 most prosperous merchants, Pitot served as New Orleans mayor from 1804 to 1805, the city's first 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 stuccoed brick-and-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 the doors are lined up with one another to encourage a crossbreeze. The house is furnished with period antiques from the United States, including special pieces from Louisiana.

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1440 Moss St., New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119, USA

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Sight Details:

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

Published 07/24/2015


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