New Orleans is steeped in history and tradition. Perhaps no other place in America takes such pride in its past. From the city’s fleur-de-lis symbol–which embraces our French heritage–to the traditions of Mardi Gras, to our cobblestone streets and historic architecture, New Orleans is a city that respects and honors its past each and every day.The historic 85-block area known as the French Quarter nearly mirrors the original city plan of 1721. Within this compact district, visitors will notice a variety of architectural styles including numerous vernacular structures that provide a unique ambiance and reflect the multi-national heritage of New Orleans.
The Hermann-Grima House and the Gallier House are an integral part of this historic district. Representing two distinctly different styles of architecture, these properties are important reflections of the changing tastes and attitudes of 19th-century New Orleans. Situated at opposite ends of the French Quarter, these National Historic Landmark properties are central components to the historic fabric of the Vieux Carré. Today, these two restored historic house museums, appearing much as they did in the 19th-century, serve as catalysts for exploring our past. From the original owners of these magnificent houses to the enslaved workers who lived on the properties, to the tradesmen and free people of color who conducted business with the houses, the museums offer a complete picture of the diverse lifestyles that converged in New Orleans during the 1800s.