Jean Louis Dolliole

free man of color

1436 Pauger Street
New Orleans, La.
(1820 - present)

Dolliole-Clapp house. Pauger Street was first named Bagatelle by Marigny, and this small house is an ironic little trifle for the visitor to enjoy. The house and its owner-builder typify Faubourg Marigny's inhabitants and their homes. Jean Louis Dolliole, a free man of color, entrepreneur, and leader in his social community, bought the lot in 1820.

The plastered brick-between-post five-sided house he built fits the curve in the street, resulting in a double-pitch hip roof covered in its original flat pan-tiles. Although buildings with tile roofs became the law for the Vieux Carre after the fires of 1788 and 1794, few examples remain.

In the 1940's and 1950's a talented architect, illustrator, and a man of letters, Lewis Clapp, owned the cottage; he shortened the spires of French casement openings. Superdome architect Arthur Davis subsequently renovated it in the 1960's.

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