New Orleans’ second oldest neighborhood, Algiers Point is populated with turn-of-the-century homes - some dating back to the 1840s. Its quiet 19th century small town atmosphere is far removed from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter located directly across the Mississippi River.
This bucolic community enjoys the same churches, schools, corner groceries, restaurants and neighborhood businesses which have existed for years. The Central Business District is only a ferry ride away making for one of the easiest, leisurely commutes to work each day.
With some of the most affordable housing in the city, Algiers Point is considered by many of her residents as "New Orleans' best kept secret."
2013 Algiers Point Home & Garden Tour
Please save the date for our 40th Annual Home & Garden Tour to be held on October 19 to 20 from 11 AM to 5 PM.
We are looking for homes and gardens to feature on the tour! If you are interested or would like to nominate a neighbor, please contact me.
We also need volunteers for a variety of positions including marketing and ad sales prior to the tour and docents and ticket sellers during the tour. If you are an artist interested in featuring your work in a home or garden during the tour, please let me know!
Our first APA Tour Committee meeting will be held at Vinnie Pervel’s home this Thursday, August 22 at 7 PM. Wine, beer, and snacks will be provided. Hope to see you there. Please let me know if you have any questions.
APA Treasurer & 2013 Home Tour Coordinator
Where is Algiers Point?
The “Algiers Point Historic District” is bounded by the curve of the Mississippi River on two sides and by Atlantic and Newton Streets on the other two. Algiers Point is geographically isolated from the rest of the city of New Orleans by the natural barrier of the Mississippi River and this has served to ensure its development as a village within a city.
History of Algiers Point
Algiers” was initially granted to Jean- Baptiste Lemoyne, Sieur de Bienville, founder of New Orleans, in 1719. Originally, it was the site of the French settlement's slaughterhouse and thus referred to a “Slaughterhouse Point.” The colonists also housed their powder magazine on the Point as Powder Street attests.The village grew rapidly - due in part to the Algiers/Canal Street Ferry which began service in 1827 and has been in continuous operation ever since. In the 1850s, the area’s railroad yard grew and flourished in the Elmira-Pacific-Atlantic area, eventually employing three to four thousand Algiers residents. The town of Algiers was annexed by the City of New Orleans in 1870. In 1904 Martin Behrman became the first Algerine to become mayor of the city. He served five terms ending in 1926.
In its almost 300 year history, Algiers Point has suffered a devastating fire, blight, and crime and has come back as one of the premier historic neighborhoods in the city.