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Algiers Point ~ NOLA

Algiers Point

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Algiers Point is a local and National Register Historic District on the ‘Westbank’ of New Orleans, across the Mississippi River from and linked to the /French Quarter and Central Business District by the Algiers-Canal Street Ferry (in operation since 1827). Although it is separated from ‘Eastbank’ New Orleans by the river, it is nonetheless an integral part of the city and within the boundaries of Orleans Parish. As for the ‘Westbank’ and ‘Eastbank’ nomencalture, never mind that the Canal Street Ferry travels from west to east to reach the Algiers Ferry landing. Algiers Point is still considered to be on the ‘Westbank’.

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The Point is bounded by the Mississippi River on the north and west, by Atlantic Avenue on the east, and by Newton Street on the south (historic district boundaries vary). Before it was annexed to New Orleans as the Fifth Municipal District in 1870, Algiers was its own bustling town with its own government and industries. It was built on the site of the Duverje Plantation, which was subdivided about 1839 by its owner Barthelemy Duverje according to a plan by Alan d’Hemecourt. It grew rapidly, thanks to an ever-expanding dry-docking industry, shipbuilding, and eventually construction of the railroad. The Duverje Plantation home, built in 1812, eventually served as the Algiers Courthouse.

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A devastating fire in 1895 destroyed nearly half of Algiers – two hundred homes and almost ten square blocks – making way for the existing courthouse as well as new homes in fanciful late-nineteenth-century and early-twentieth-century revival styles. Landmarks include the courthouse, several churches, historic school buildings and the 1907 Hubbell Library, built with funds from Andrew Carnegie.

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Today, the Algiers Point Association looks after the quality of life in the neighborhood and sponsors an annual home tour in October. The springtime counterpart to the tour is the Old Algiers RiverFest, which draws thousands to the Westbank of the river to sample New Orleans food, music and crafts.

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Text content is quoted from New Orleans Streets – A Walker’s Gide To Neighborhood Architecture, by R. Stephanie Bruno, Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna, Louisiana 2012

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Expanded Gallery Link ~ Additional Algiers Point Images

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