268 foot tall building on Royal?

On Thursday, November 5, developer Angelo Farrell will approach the New Orleans City Council to seek approval for a proposed 268 foot-tall hotel and condo building – which is nearly four times taller than the area’s allowed 70-foot height limit – that he intends to construct at 121 Royal Street.121_Royal_Street_250x322

Sign petition here to say no.

French Quarter’s Lalaurie house gets elegant makeover that plays to its haunted past 

The Lalaurie Mansion has been updated again and so I spent an hour rereading some of the old stories that nola.com has been gracious to offer-or one could opine that since running old articles doesn’t require paying reporters to find new stories, it is a calculated move by the old TP. Still, this story comes back to life every All Hallows’ Eve.

‘Every time I went to Lalaurie, I would say my prayers and put on the holy water. It was my perfume.’

Source: French Quarter’s Lalaurie house gets elegant makeover that plays to its haunted past | NOLA.com

Here is one of the original stories from the New Orleans Bee about the mob that destroyed the furnishings after the fire. The writing is delightfully dense and difficult for a modern reader but so fascinating still. I love this:
The whole of yesterday and the preceding day, the police jail was crowded by persons pressing forward to witness the unfortunate wretches who had escaped cruelties that would compare with those of a Domitian a Nero or a Caligula.

This story from The Daily Picayune in the 1890s shows how tabloid journalism and lurid details had become the fashion since the Bee story’s restraint:
Her manners were sweet, gracious and captivating, her voice was said to be as soft as a low strain of music; even in New Orleans she was noted for her charitable deeds, and yet – and yet – there were wild rumors that madame inflicted the most cruel torture upon her slaves, that she whipped and flogged them unmercifully; that in that splendid house behind those attic windows there were human beings chained to the floor, confined in darkness and actually starving to death And the curious door in the wall ? – well there were rumors enough about it, but they were very vague and floated about the rue Royale like a shadowy mist at evening.

Royal Street dig is underway

I talked for a few seconds to the very approachable team member who informed me that they were focusing on colonial artifacts and will gently place the later ones aside for others to peruse. This team is also doing two other digs presently, one in Treme.

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Their excellent website is found here

The owners of the site, information found on the website:

808-810 Royal St., Square 47, Lot 18525

  • From: Francois Picard To: Francois Balthzar Languille, Jan. 19, 1801 To: Francois Balthzar Languille, Jan. 1, 1808
  • From: Francois Balthzar Languille To: Pierre Maspero, Azelia Maspero, Zuline Maspero, Pierre Maspero, & Pliny L. Maspero; Jan. 3, 1828
  • From: Azelia Maspero & Zuline Maspero To: Pierre Maspero, Nov. 23, 1883
  • From: Pierre Maspero To: Emile B. Angaud, Jan. 2, 1884
  • From: Emile B. Angaud To: Henry Parlongue, Apr. 22, 1897
  • From: Henry Parlongue To: Eliza Redacher Camors Parlongue & Solidelle Lemelle Parlongue, Nov.26, 1907
  • From: Solidelle Lemelle To: Eliza Redacher Camors Parlongue, Dec. 7, 1907
  • From: Eliza Redacher To: Paul Camors, Emma Camors Musso, & Bertha Camors Angaud, Jul. 23, 1917
  • From: Emma Camors, Paul Camors, & Bertha Camors To: Joseph Petrie, Oct. 2, 1917
  • From: Joseph Petrie To: Petrie Realty Company, Inc., Jul. 12, 1927
  • From: Petrie Realty Company, Inc. To: Joseph Petrie, Dec. 2, 1935
  • From: Dorothea Reiser To: Rosa E. Petrie, Myrtle Ruth Petrie, Earl Joseph Petrie, Warren Petrie, Elaine Doris Petrie, & Joseph Petrie; Jul. 20, 1944
  • From: Joseph Petrie To: Rosa E. Petrie, Myrtle Ruth Petrie, Earl Joseph Petrie, Warren Adolph Petrie, Elaine Doris Petrie, Apr. 27, 1953
  • From: Myrtle Ruth Petrie To: Earl Joseph Petrie, Warren Adolph Petrie, Elaine Doris Petrie, & Benito Estalotte Johnson, Aug. 1, 1956
  • From: Rosa E. Petrie To: Benito E. Johnson, Aug. 8, 1956
  • From: Benito E. Johnson To: Edna Johnson Kenney, Oct. 1, 1981

Royal Street building collapses

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Exterior wall on side of building between Saint Ann and Dumaine collapses and spills into the street. Luckily, no pedestrians were underneath at the time. Deputy Sheriffs were a half block away and called fire and secured the street in minutes.

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Lot with building completely gone. Someone stuck a public art installation that mocks the P3 ones around town soon after the collapse; that "R3 exhibit" is still up.

Lot with building completely gone. Someone stuck a public art installation that mocks the P3 ones around town soon after the collapse; this “R1 exhibit” is still up as of December 2014.