The Garden District is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. The French Quarter, Central Business District, and Uptown are to its east, the Irish Channel and Audubon Park are to its west, and Bayou St. John and the Saint Roch Area are to its south.
The Garden District is located at the eastern end of Uptown New Orleans along the Mississippi River, which forms its eastern boundary. It includes some of the city’s most famous landmarks: St. Charles Avenue (the “Avenue” in New Orleans), Jackson Square, and the Louisiana State Museum. It also includes some prominent cemeteries: Lafayette Cemetery, St. Louis Cemetery (the largest cemetery in the city), St. Louis No. 3, Metairie Cemetery, and Magnolia Cemetery.
The Garden District was developed largely between 1840 and 1900 and remains a predominantly residential neighborhood with a high quality of life. Its first subdivisions took place in 1833-1834 when St. Charles Avenue was laid out by surveyor Joseph Pilie (who later became mayor) as an avenue of grand villas for wealthy New Orleanians who worked in the nearby plantations along the riverfront.
The Garden District is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. It is the oldest and most prominent residential section of the city, located directly uptown and overlooking Audubon Park and the Mississippi River. The Garden District is located at 29°56′16″N 90°04′35″WCoordinates: 29°56′16″N 90°04′35″W.
The Garden District Association defines its boundaries as these streets: St. Charles Avenue, S. Carrollton Avenue, Freret Street, and Magazine Street.
The district includes the Audubon Park subdivision and some of Uptown New Orleans. The Garden District Association estimates that the boundaries encompass roughly 250 blocks and parts of four wards of Uptown New Orleans (wards 5, 7, 8, and 9) within the city limits of New Orleans. Official boundaries are defined by an 1805 state law which set aside land for public use as “the Common Fields” (now Audubon Park) and “the Commons” (now City Park), to be used for grazing livestock or growing crops for market purposes.
The Garden District is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. It is located east of the French Quarter, and like the Quarter, was built in part on land reclaimed from Lake Pontchartrain. The Garden District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a National Historic Landmark district in 1974. The Garden District is an example of 19th-century urban planning; it is laid out in a grid pattern with narrow residential lots and contains many notable examples of classical revival architecture.
The one- and two-story frame structures were built between 1832 and 1900; most were occupied by middle to upper-class families. Many are embellished with ornamental cast ironwork; some have been extensively restored by their owners or by the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents, and Associates (VCPORA), a preservation group organized in 1969 to preserve the architecture and historic character of the neighborhood.