Few people from the United States lived in New Orleans during its colonial era however with the completion of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Americans swarmed into New Orleans to take advantage of the boom in Mississippi River commerce. With so many Americans moving into New Orleans friction arose between the arriving Americans and the mostly Creole residents of the already crowded French Quarter resulting in the Americans moving upriver to create their own residential district of mansions in the city of Lafayette which was later annexed to the city of New Orleans in 1852.
New Orleans Garden District was settled in the 1850’s by successful entrepreneurs, the “nouveau riche” of that time. Before these entrepreneurs settled this land it was mainly made up of a number of plantations. The plantation owners sold of parcels of land to mainly the wealthy. Originally the area was settled with only a couple of house per city block with elaborate gardens surrounded each home giving it, its name "The Garden District." The homes that were built were large, elegant and elaborate mansions exemplifying many architectural styles, including Greek Revival, Italianate and Queen Anne Victorians.
As New Orleans grew and became more urban these wonderful lots were sub divided and sold off to build more smaller homes. Today its very common to see one or two 19th century mansions surrounded by smaller more modern homes.
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