PARTNERSHIP: NEW ORLEANS ARCHITECTURE TOURS
NOAF proudly partners with New Orleans Architecture Tours to promote the highest quality architectural tours offered in the city. We both share the same mission of educating the public about New Orleans architecture and we both strive for the highest quality educational opportunities. Whether you are visiting or are a born and raised New Orleanian, we hope you enjoy the unmatched tours of our friends at New Orleans Architecture Tours, offering tours of the French Quarter, Garden District, Marigny and more! Make sure to tell them we sent you!
The French Quarter is known as the Vieux Carré, the “Old Square”. This is the original site of the founding of the City of New Orleans in 1718. Architecture in this area has Creole features, but much of the original French Colonial buildings were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1788. Take this tour to find out how the history and people influenced the buildings in this neighborhood.
GARDEN DISTRICT TOUR
The Garden District was originally part of the independent city of Lafayette, established in the 1830s as a home to wealthy Americans. Here one can find homes in many styles ranging from palatial Greek Revival mansions to tiny narrow shotgun houses.
Join us as we explore this fascinating area adjacent to the French Quarter. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and a city-designated historic district, Faubourg Marigny has many well-preserved nineteenth century Creole cottages, a style popular with immigrants from Saint-Domingue, as well as the Creoles and free people of color who flocked to the new faubourg.
The walking tour of Treme provides a rich, detailed perspective on one of the city’s oldest and most storied neighborhoods. Originally known as “back of town,” the old Creole feel of Treme makes it easy to imagine the early 1800’s multicultural community formed by immigrants, free people of color, and refugees from Saint-Domingue.
Cemetery Combo Tour
Take a step back in time to colonial New Orleans with the French Quarter and Cemetery Combo Tour. This tour focuses on New Orleans’ incredible and often over looked Spanish Era. During this period (1762-1800), two separate fires tried to erase the tiny port city off the map, but the Spanish officials instituted a fire code that now gives the French Quarter its distinctive look.
St. Louis #1 Cemetery
Their newest tour is an hour long excursion into New Orleans’ oldest cemetery – St. Louis #1. Founded in 1789, this Spanish Era cemetery was the first of its kind in the city and used above ground mausoleums instead of traditional below ground tombs. Learn about this unique burial process, the stories of our noteworthy “residents”, and history of funerary architecture.
POYDRAS STREET TOUR
The New Orleans Architecture Foundation (NOAF) offers the custom Poydras Street Architectural Walking Tour as its latest offering of quality education programming focused on the rich architecture of New Orleans. The walking tour explores the early development and growth of what has become the heart of the Central Business District (CBD): the Poydras Street corridor. Looking into the past and present-day conditions of this illustrious, if under-explored, segment of the City’s rich urban and architectural tapestry, we will discuss the architecture, the economy that drove their development, and how these buildings and spaces have shaped and influenced the ongoing development of Poydras Street and the CBD as a whole.