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New Orleans in Orleans Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

The French Market

Rebuilt 1936-1938

 
 
The French Market Marker - Panel 1 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 26, 2011
1. The French Market Marker - Panel 1
Inscription. [Panel 1]:
Ancient French Market dates its legal birth from September 10, 1784, when the “Authorities of Justice and Administration” decided that all retailers in the city should conduct their businesses on this spot.

In 1791 the first market structure was completed. Destroyed by a hurricane in 1812, it was replaced in 1813 by the building now housing the meat and retail fish markets. Although the interior was modernized in 1936 – 1938, the walls and supporting columns are just as erected in 1815. Other market structures were built at various times between 1813 and 1872.

Millions of feet have trod this bartering spot in centuries of trading, for Indians traded here long before the French came. May yours tread pleasantly here and bring you happiness.

[Panel 2]:
Rehabilitated French Market
Dedicated March 19, 1938
French Market was rehabilitated in 1936-1938 under direction of the French Market Corporation composed of business men of this market neighborhood and by the authority of a franchise granted by the commission council of New Orleans. Financing of the reconstruction was the result of cooperative efforts by the corporation, Public Works Administration of the United States, City of New Orleans, the State of Louisiana, Orleans Levee Board and the business
The French Market Marker - Panel 2 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 26, 2011
2. The French Market Marker - Panel 2
men of this market area.

The architectural integrity of the historic market structures has been retained throughout. The interiors have been modernized to conform to refrigeration and sanitary trends of 1938, but the French Market show-place of New Orleans, the most ancient mart in the Mississippi Valley, remains the same.
 
Location. 29° 57.539′ N, 90° 3.642′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker is on Decatur Street near North Peters Street and Saint Philip Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Orleans LA 70116, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Evans Creole Candy Factory (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named French Market (about 400 feet away); Provincial Motel (about 500 feet away); De La Ronde House (about 500 feet away); Cucullu Row (about 600 feet away); Birthplace of Danny Barker (about 600 feet away); Old Ursuline Convent (about 600 feet away); Café Du Monde (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in New Orleans.
 
More about this marker. This marker is composed of two panels, the other panels are dedication plaques, located in the New Place de France. The New Place de France, dedicated in 1999,
The French Market Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 26, 2011
3. The French Market Marker
The two panels of this marker are on the right.
is located on a traffic island formed by the intersection of Decatur, North Peters and St. Philip (pedestrian only) Streets. The center piece of the Place de France is a statue of Joan d'Arc, a gift given to the City of New Orleans by the people of France in 1972 (see photo). This statue is an exact copy of the famous 1880 Emmanuel Fremiet equestrian statue of Joan located at Place des Pyramides, Paris.
 
Regarding The French Market. Since the 1936-1938 renovation the French Market has undergone additional renovation, most notably in the 1970s.
 
Also see . . .  The French Market - history. (Submitted on January 12, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The New Place de France image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 26, 2011
4. The New Place de France
The New Place de France image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 26, 2011
5. The New Place de France
The French Market, as mentioned image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 1, 2012
6. The French Market, as mentioned
Joan of Arc
Maid of Orleans
1412 - 1431
A gift from
the people of France
to the citizens of
New Orleans
The French Market image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 22, 2011
7. The French Market
<i>French Market, New Orleans, La.</i> Pre-restoration. image. Click for full size.
Postcard by J. Scordill, circa 1910
8. French Market, New Orleans, La. Pre-restoration.
<i>The French Market, New Orleans, La.</i> Post-restoration. image. Click for full size.
Pstcard by New Orleans News Co., circa 1940
9. The French Market, New Orleans, La. Post-restoration.
The back of the postcard reads: The French Market extends four blocks, costing $30,000. It is the most remarkable and characteristic spot in New Orleans. Under its roof every language is spoken. The buyers are men and women of all races. The Gascon butchers, Moors, Italians and German vegetable women, Chinese, Hindus, Jews, Teutons, French and Creoles, Spanish and Malays, Irish and English, all uniting in a ceaseless babel of tongues that is simply bewildering.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 398 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   6. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   7. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   8, 9. submitted on . • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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