Soniat DuFossat
1133 Chartres Street
New Orleans, La.
(1829 - present)


 Joseph Soniat DuFossat house. Francois Boisdore, personne de couleur libre, designed this as a two-and-one-half story creole townhouse with a central porte cochere in 1829 for suger planter Joseph Soniat DuFossat, who had 13 children by two wives. The brick was exposed in the American style.

The rear elevation once had a pair of winding stairs, like the one remaining. The post-1865 owner renovated, enclosing the porte cochere, changing the arched openings, and adding a cast iron gallery. Now a National Trust recommended hotel.

   Soniat DuFossat, who died in 1852, was the second son of Guy Saunhac DuFossat, who came to Louisiana in 1751 under Louis XV, married creole Claudine Dreux, and stayed on during the Spanish colonial days as Alcalde at the Cabildo. The family plantation across the river was called Tchoupitoulas, acquired in 1808 plantation house was used as the Colonial Country Club until its recent demolition.


The National Trust Guide to
New Orleans
Roulhac Toledano

Photos Courtesy

Footnote: Email sent by: saying Joseph Soniat Dufossat was not a free man of color as this web paper indicates. The article says the the man that constructed the house for Mr. Soniat, Francios Boisdore, was a free man of color. I am a direct decendant of Joseph Soniat.

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