New Orleans, 1830-1860
Built in 1831, by a German Jewish immigrant, Samuel Hermann, who amassed his fortune in the cotton market, the Hermann-Grima House is one of the most significant residences in New Orleans. The early decades on the 1800s were the Golden Age of our city, an era of wealth, prosperity, and lavish lifestyles, which drew people from all over the world with dreams and goals of financial opportunity and success in a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city. The Hermann family flourished during this Golden Age of New Orleans. However, after an economic downturn, the Hermanns lost their property in bankruptcy ten years later.
In 1844, the prominent scholar and jurist, Judge Felix Grima acquired the estate. He and his wife Adelaide Montegut, along with their nine children and several extended family members resided on the property. Other than the years that the Grimas spent in exile from their beloved New Orleans during the Civil War. the family made their home on St. Louis St. until 1921, when the last remaining Grima son moved to another part of the city.
In 1922 the property was purchased by the Christian Woman’s Exchange to be used as a rooming house for women. The property also included a consignment shop and a tea shop. The Woman’s Exchange later restored the property to its original 19th-century grandeur, opening as a historic house museum 1971.
This handsome Federal mansion with its courtyard boasts the only horse stable and functional 1830s outdoor kitchen in the French Quarter. The home celebrates the tradition of the artistic contributions and legendary building trades of the Free People of Color and enslaved persons, without who, the Hermann-Grima House would not stand today.
Visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time and learn about architecture, the Golden Age of New Orleans, the people who lived and worked on the property, and the women who worked to maintain it. Painstakingly restored to its original splendor through archaeological studies and careful review of the building contracts and inventories, the museum complex accurately depicts the gracious lifestyle of prosperous Creole families in 19th -century New Orleans.
Open for tours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am, 11 am, 12pm, 1pm, + 2pm
Saturdays: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, + 3pm
Tours begin on the hour
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