Pierre and Barthelemy Jourdain

free man of color

726 St. Peter Street
New Orleans, La.
(1803 - present)


Preservation Hall. Antoine Faisendieu bought a lot here from Guillermo Gros in 1803 and built a tavern, selling it in 1809 to Pierre and Barthelemy Jourdain.

A subsequent 1812 sale advertises a "house lately belonging to M. Faisendieu, $4000 cash and two years of notes." In 1816, when the Orleans Ballroom burned, this building also burned, and according to an act of sale, the architects Gurlie and Guillot bought the lot and rubble for $5000 in 1816, selling the property to Agathe Fanchon, femme de couleur libre, for $13,500 in November 1817.

Madame Fanchon owned the property until 1866. The service wing and patio were home and office to the photographer "Pop" Whitesell in the first half of the twentieth century.

The porte cochere house appears to be Spanish colonial in style, simple and chaste in its anonymous facade, with a wrought iron balcony and the remnant of a terrace roof with tiles peeking out beyond the newer pitched roof. The facade even has the Spanish style banding bordering it. Like Madame John's Legacy , this building seems to have been rebuilt or renovated afer thte fire in the same manner it was originally built.


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