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

Italian Hall

1020 Esplanade Ave.

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, December 23, 2011
1. Italian Hall Marker
Inscription. This imposing complex was assembled out of old buildings (one by architect James Gallier, dating to 1835) and new construction from between 1912 and 1920. As the Unione Italiana, which combined many Italian benevolent societies, it was the home of both the Contessa Entellina Society Band, made up of Albanian-Sicilian Italian-Americans and the Roma Band, of Sicilian Italian-Americans. During their rivalry a musician could be in one, not both. Many jazz bands played here for dances including the New Orleans Rhythm Kings upon their return to New Orleans. In 1929, it housed the Jones-Collins Astoria Hot Eight recording session, the first racially-integrated recording in New Orleans; Westwego-born clarinetist Sidney Arodin (Arnondin) jumped the color barrier. New Orleans Jazz Commission – 2001
 
Erected 2001 by New Orleans Jazz Commission.
 
Location. 29° 57.926′ N, 90° 3.793′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker is on Esplanade Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1020 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans LA 70116, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carmelite Monastery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Aloysius College
Italian Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 23, 2011
2. Italian Hall Marker
(about 400 feet away); Carmelite Chapel of St. Joseph and St. Teresa and the Carmelite Monastery (about 400 feet away); Maison Hospitalière (about 800 feet away); Saint Augustine Church, New Orleans (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tomb of the Unknown Slave (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gauche House (approx. ¼ mile away); Frances Benjamin Johnston House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 464 times since then and 64 times this year. Last updated on January 26, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 3, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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