Explore the Gallier House on your own with this virtual tour!
James Gallier Jr. was one of the most prominent architects of New Orleans in the mid-19th century. His design work found an enthusiastic audience of civic leaders, businessmen, and affluent families. In 1857, Gallier put his considerable talent to work designing a residence of his own. He and his wife, Aglae Villavaso, as well as their four young daughters moved into the Creole townhouse with four enslaved workers in 1860. Our story spans the heartbreaking era of a nation in crisis, freedom and opportunity – through the eyes of a hopeful young family.
Gallier’s fascinating innovations in engineering and architecture are featured throughout the property. From indoor plumbing to air ventilation, Gallier was at the forefront of technological advances. Throughout his career, and most notably in his home, Gallier pays homage to the architecture of western Europe. His home features both classical and Italianate features.
The Gallier House is an outstanding example of an accurate and comprehensive historic restoration of one of New Orleans’ loveliest and time-honored landmarks. We invite you to experience with us the story of this architectural treasure and learn about the people that lived and worked on the property. Our propery includes a masterfully-restored historic garden, elegant carriageway, and restored slave quarters, in addition to the Gallier family’s furnished home.