64 Parishes: The Pontalbas

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(Henry) Howard claimed authorship of the Pontalba Buildings in his 1872 autobiography, but historian Christina Vella, author of Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of Baroness de Pontalba, concludes, “That claim is not borne out by any document concerning the construction of the Pontalbas.” We are left with several mysteries. Who was the architect in New York? What, exactly, did Henry Howard contribute to the design? And what was the baroness’s role in her landmark buildings’ design?

The Baroness de Pontalba and the Rise of Jackson Square is on view at the Louisiana State Museum’s Cabildo through October 13, 2019.

https://64parishes.org/a-spanish-father-and-a-creole-daughters-monumental-legacies-in-new-orleans?platform=hootsuite

Square deal or not?

Lower Pontalba hikes its rents

 

Lower Pontalba rent increases
Current 2016 2017
Monthly Monthly Monthly Full increase
Tenant Name Address Rent Rent Rent
Stephen Rue & Doug Melancon 503 St. Ann, 3rd floor $2,375 $3,165 $3,954 66%
Louellen & Darryl Berger 509 St. Ann $2,200 $2,475 $2,749 25%
Jack & Pat Holden 511 St. Ann, 2nd floor $1,850 $2,698 $3,547 92%
Ricky & Lynna Caples 511 St. Ann, 3rd floor $2,370 $2,877 $3,384 43%
Louis Sahuc 515 St. Ann, 2nd floor $1,850 $2,702 $3,555 92%
Charles & Kathy Cole 515 St. Ann, 3rd floor $2,000 $2,692 $3,384 69%
Hugh Lambert & Ben Skillman 519 St. Ann, 2nd floor $2,000 $2,790 $3,580 79%
Jim Brown III 519 St. Ann, 3rd floor $2,755 $3,070 $3,384 23%
Constantine Georges 527 St. Ann, 2nd floor $2,000 $2,786 $3,572 79%
James & Lillian Maurin 527 St. Ann, 3rd floor $2,370 $2,877 $3,384 43%
Steve & Cindy Hogan 531 St. Ann, 2nd floor $2,540 $3,072 $3,605 42%
Kevin & Haydee Mackey 531 St. Ann, 3rd floor $1,950 $2,638 $3,326 71%
Gary & Pat Boue 535 St. Ann, 2nd floor $2,250 $2,902 $3,555 58%
Michael & Krista Dumas 535 St. Ann, 3rd floor $2,755 $3,066 $3,376 23%
Bill & Carolyn Oliver 539 St. Ann, 2nd floor $2,320 $2,962 $3,605 55%
Donald & Beth Woolridge 539 St. Ann, 3rd floor $2,225 $2,805 $3,384 52%
Carol Riddle & Ira Middleberg 541 St. Ann $2,200 $2,475 $2,749 25%
Brandon & Daphne Berger 543 St. Ann, 2nd floor $2,525 $3,588 $4,651 84%
Christian Creed 543 St. Ann, 3rd floor $2,500 $3,013 $3,527 41%
John Morrissey 806 Chartres, 3rd floor $2,280 $2,394 $2,509 10%
Carol Lewis & Anita Harris 810 Chartres, 2nd floor $1,865 $2,312 $2,759 48%
Patrick McNulty 810 Chartres, 3rd floor $1,780 $2,144 $2,509 41%
Gina Smith 807 Decatur, 2nd floor $1,925 $2,365 $2,805 46%
John Ryan Lafaye 807 Decatur, 3rd floor $1,650 $2,187 $2,723 65%
Douglas Ahlers 811 Decatur, 2nd floor $1,925 $2,365 $2,805 46%
Ken & Faye LeBlanc 811 Decatur, 3rd floor $1,780 $2,277 $2,773 56%

Rent decrease for the wealthy?

Even though I titled it in that way, I do agree that they should not be paying market rate. I have seen the type of maintenance done on these and it ain’t pretty…
Other FQ apartments at market rate have updated heating and cooling, new electric, and often pools or private green space for their use.

It remains vitally important that people live in the city center and its center.
Upper Pontalba story