Nelson Fouche

free man of color






2340 Chartres Street

New Orleans, La.
(1828 - present)


Built by : Nelson Fouche

Free Man of Color ....1838




This house was designed and built in 1828 by Nelson Fouche, a free man of color and architect-builder who came from St. Domingue via Cuba.

His sale of the new house to Richard Lambert the year it was built, along with two slaves for $8500, reveals the custom, usual in New Orleans, for free persons of color to own slaves. Chattel property was often sold along with the houses or buildings where the slaves resided with their owners.

Arched openings with fanlights below, the hip roof, and thearched dormers give creole character to the building.




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