Audubon Park History
The history of the land bordered by St. Charles Avenue, Exposition Boulevard, Walnut Street and the Mississippi River - now known as Audubon Park - is as rich as any New Orleans tale. Originally comprised of abutting tracts of plantation land owned by the Boré and Foucher families, this famous site has served many purposes through the years. Today it is enjoyed by thousands of people daily as an urban oasis in uptown New Orleans.
Here Etienne Boré raised the first commercial crop of sugarcane in Louisiana, opening the door of opportunity for succeeding generations of growers. The original plantation structures, however, were destroyed during the Civil War when Federal troops occupied the site and cleared the grounds to build Camp Lewis and Sedgewick Hospital. While the plantation buildings no longer exist, traces of the Boré and Foucher estates remain in the magnificent surviving Live Oak trees throughout Audubon Park.
In 1871, the land was acquired by the New Orleans Park Commission and became known as "Upper City Park.” A lesser priority for the city, it was reported to be a wilderness visited by few. It was not until 1884, when the site was chosen for the World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, that the Park received much-needed attention.
Upper City Park was officially renamed Audubon Park in 1886
In 1898, in the wake of these improvements, the Commission hired John Charles Olmsted, son of renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, to design plans for Audubon Park. Although Olmsted's plans were only partially completed, the characteristic flowing, verdant landscape he proposed is evident throughout the Park today. From the meandering lagoon to the serene gazebos, Olmsted's prominent design. features still invoke a sense of peaceful seclusion amidst the urban landscape.
Today Audubon Park is home to many historic structures and welcomes countless visitors. Among the Park's amenities are a 1.8 mile jogging path, playgrounds, riding stables, tennis courts, and a golf course. More than a century since its creation, Audubon Park continues to be a place where visitors from near and far can enjoy the restorative presence of nature within one of New Orleans' most historic landscapes.
Erected by Audubon Park.
Location. 29° 55.541′ N, 90° 7.704′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Classic Designs (within shouting distance of this marker); DeDroit Residence (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jefferson City (approx. 0.9 miles away); Gilbert Academy and New Orleans University (approx. one mile away); Seven Oaks Plantation Site (approx. 1.1 miles away); H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College (approx. 1.2 miles away); Newcomb Pottery Garden (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
More about this marker. Located along the Audubon Park Trail path inside park at parking lot.
Categories. • Parks & Recreational Areas •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 22, 2018.