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At the time, this home was one of the most beautiful buildings in New Orleans. The home was considered very prestigious at this time, and is still famous throughout the city because of the way it was built. This home was extremely technologically and architecturally advanced for the time period it was developed in. It had many different features on the inside and outside of it that many homes in a lot of places did not have.
When one walks into this historic building, they can already tell this home was different from the others around it. It is very open and when you walk in the door, you enter one of the two parlors that are within it. It is very ornate and and boast many rare luxuries. This home has a kitchen on the inside of it when most of the homes at this time had them outside. It also has running hot and cold water that run into the bathroom and kitchen. This was extremely rare to have and only the most prominent had this commodity.1
The outside of the home is also very unique. All of the iron that was used on the home, wrought iron, was special made for it and you cannot find it anywhere else in the French Quarter. The outside features four iron pillar that hold up the balcony that comes off of the second floor. The four wrought iron arches that come off of the balcony extend all of the way up to the roof. These have some of the best latticework of any other home in the Quarter. There are also four large windows that open up all of the way to the top so that you can step onto the balcony, because there are no doors that lead to it. The home also has a carriageway in the front and a slave quarters and garden out back.1
The Gallier House was such an important home that it was restored and turned into a museum. Today, anyone can tour this house so they can see its beauty up close. It has been restored, but all of the original designs of the house have remained the same.1 All of the other features of the house, including the slave quarters and the garden, have been restored so that the time that they can truly reflect the art that went behind creating this wonderful structure.2
SourcesArmbruster, Don (2002). Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic Houses. Lawrenceburg, IN: The Creative Company.
James Gallier, Jr. in Dictionary of Louisiana Biography, University of Louisiana, 1988.
New Orleans, LA 70116
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