New Orleans in Orleans Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Upper Pontabla Building
—Pontabla Buildings National Historic Landmark —
Logo of the Orleans Parish Landmarks Commission
by Michela Almonester, Baroness Pontabla,
working first with James Gallier, architect
and then with Henry Howard, architect
Samuel Stewart, builder.
In 1724 this corner was the site of
an officers’ barracks which was
later used as a temporary church,
a warehouse, and ultimately as
the residence of M. de Loubois,
major of the town.
On the remainder of the block,
barracks buildings designed by I. F. Broutin
were begun in 1734, completed in 1738
and demolished in 1769.
The site was later acquired
by Don Andres Almonester y Roxas
whose widow erected an imposing mansion
on the Decatur Street corner in 1811.
This and other buildings on the site
were demolished to build the present structure.
The Baroness Pontabla,
with two of her sons,
resided here in 1850-51,
and in 1851 Jenny Lind, famous singer,
lived here during her New Orleans visit.
Owned by the City of
New Orleans since 1930
and administered by the
Upper Pontabla Building Commission.
has been designated a
This site possesses national significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America.
National Park Service
United States Department of the
Erected 1975 by the Orleans Parrish Landmarks Commission and the National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 29° 57.44′ N, 90° 3.83′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker is on St. Peter Street south of Chartres Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The two panels are off the sidewalk, together on the northwest corner column of the Upper Pontabla Building. They are diagonally across Chartres Street from the Cabildo National Historic Landmark and across St. Peter Street from the Jackson Square National Historic Landmark. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 St. Peter Street, New Orleans LA 70116, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Literary Landmark (a few steps from this marker); The Cabildo (a few steps from this marker); David Bannister Morgan (within shouting distance of this marker); Bosque House (within shouting distance of this marker); Victor David House (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Square - Vieux Carré (within shouting distance of this marker); Commagère – Mercier House (within shouting distance of this marker); Quartier General de la Garde Municipale (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
Also see . . .
1. Madame Pontabla's Buildings (Submitted on August 9, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Louisiana State Museum - "1850 House," Lower Pontabla Building. (Submitted on August 13, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Categories. • Antebellum South, US • Colonial Era • Landmarks • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,246 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 9, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 2. submitted on August 14, 2009. 3, 4. submitted on August 9, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.