This is truly an historic moment in New Orleans history: there are 10 new condominiums in the historic French Quarter available. Maison du Parc, in the 1200 block of Dauphine St., offers a blend of old and new: traditional French Quarter design plus modern luxury. The community is a combination of completely renovated historic structures and brand new ground-up construction.

Maison du Parc offers two-, three- and four-bedroom condos, secure on-site parking, private courtyards, shared and private pools and expansive balconies. Shown here is only one of the ten condos available, four of which are already under contract.

“Maison du Parc is a rare restoration in the French Quarter,” said Robert Ripley, the listing agent with French Quarter Realty. “This is one example of what’s available: a four bedroom, four-and-one-half bath three-story duplex townhome with a private elevator and with a private courtyard parking lot adjacent to the residence.

“This is an all-new home with luxury finishes and master craftsmanship that come together in the French Quarter's best neighborhood across Cabrini Park,” Ripley said. “It’s French Quarter design with a private balcony and a porch.

“Residents have all the privacy and security of a single family residence with the care free ease of condo living,” said Ripley.

The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, is the oldest neighborhood in the city. It was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, and the city developed around the Vieux Carré ("Old Square" in English), a central square. Most of the present-day historic buildings were constructed during the late 18th century, during the city's period of Spanish rule, and reflect Spanish colonial architecture. The district as a whole has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

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The Great New Orleans Fire (1788) and another great fire in 1794 destroyed most of the Quarter's old French colonial architecture, leaving the colony's new Spanish overlords to rebuild it according to more modern tastes. Their strict new fire codes mandated that all structures be physically adjacent and close to the curb to create a firewall.

Even before the Civil War, French Creoles had become a minority in the French Quarter. In the late 19th century, the Quarter became a less fashionable part of town, and many immigrants settled here.

In 1917, the closure of the red light district called Storyville sent much of the vice formerly concentrated there back into the French Quarter. This, combined with the French Opera House’s burning, provided an end to the era of French Creole culture in the Quarter. Many of the remaining French Creoles moved to the University area.

In the early 20th century, the Quarter's cheap rents and air of decay attracted a bohemian artistic community, a trend which became pronounced in the 1920s. Many of these new inhabitants were active in the first preservation efforts in the Quarter, which began around that time. As a result, the Vieux Carré Commission (VCC) was established in 1925. Although initially only an advisory body, a 1936 referendum to amend the Louisiana constitution afforded it a measure of regulatory power. It began to exercise more power in the 1940s to preserve and protect the district.

Meanwhile, World War II brought thousands of servicemen and war workers to New Orleans and many paid visits to the Vieux Carre. Although nightlife was lively on Bourbon Street in the two decades following the closure of Storyville, the war produced a larger, more permanent presence of exotic, risqué, and often raucous entertainment on what became the city's most famous strip.

More of the neighborhood was developed to support tourism, which is important to the city's economy. But, the French Quarter still combines residential, hotels, guest houses, bars, restaurants and tourist-oriented commercial properties.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address:

1220 Dauphine Unit C in the French Quarter

Living area:

3,875 square feet

Bedrooms:

Four

Baths:

Four full/one half

Extras:

Cable television, carbon monoxide detector, cathedral ceilings, elevator, granite counters, hydro tub, security system, smart home, Energy Star appliances, balcony, porch, central air and heat, one assigned off-street parking space

Price range:

$1,125,000 to $3,200,000

Marketing agent:

Robert Ripley

French Quarter Realty

1041 Esplanade Ave.
(504) 949-5400

robrip@cox.net