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Hotel Maison De Ville

The Hotel Maison de Ville is located in the French Quarter north of Jackson Square, in New Orleans, Louisiana. They consist of a historic hotel building (1800), a garden courtyard, and separate former slave quarters (1750s)—now cottages.

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Hotel Maison de Ville building was constructed after the disastrous Great New Orleans Fire of 1788, which destroyed much of 18th century New Orleans. The Maison de Ville was a two-storied dwelling which was built by New France colonist Jean Baptiste Lilie Sarpy in 1800.

The playwright Tennessee Williams was a frequent guest at the hotel in the 20th century. His favorite room was named after him, in his honor.

The former carriage house, adjacent to the Hotel Maison de Ville's courtyard, was converted to guest lodgings.

Slave quarters

Four former slave quarters are located across the courtyard. They were built fifty years before the main building--circa 1750s--and are now used for guest accommodations. These cottages, along with the Ursuline Convent, are believed to be the oldest buildings in New Orleans, though research has been hampered by the loss of historical documents.

In the 19th and early 20th century, the cottages were also used as garconnières or bachelor quarters. The Créoles often provided separate buildings where their grown sons lived until marriage, giving them privacy for adult lives.

Present day

Hotel Maison De Ville was reopened in 2012 as its own entity, under new ownership.

References

Hotel Maison De Ville Wikipedia


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