Situated between Howard Avenue and Common, Rampart, Tchoupitoulas Streets is where you’ll find Faubourg St. Marie. Now a part of New Orleans’ Central Business District, Fabourg St. Marie was originally part of the Bienville plantation, owned by Jean Baptiste LeMoyne de Bienville.
Over the years, this parcel of land has been in the hands of many before becoming the possession of Betrand Gravier. After the great fire of 1788 in the French Quarter, Gravier had all his land divided, naming one portion of the land Faubourg St. Marie in memory of his deceased wife.
The Faubourg St. Marie, also known as the American Quarter, became a favorite of Americans after the Louisiana Purchase. The area’s largely Protestant community found nearby Christ Episcopal and First Presbyterian reasons for living in Faubourg St. Maries. With its rows of neatly manicured townhouses and nearby river, the area was considered one of the best addresses in New Orleans.
If you walk through the Faubourg St. Marie today, you’ll find much has changed. While many historical buildings have been preserved, many have been converted, used for a variety of different types of businesses. Business, governmental, educational and recreational activies abound in this area, where today visitors and citizens of New Orleans come to live, work and play.
During 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, Faubourge St. Marie was spared any great damage. The area is located on high ground, making it one of the few places in New Orleans realtively uneffected by the storm.
Steeped in history, the Faubourg St. Marie has seen its grounds go from plantation land to upscale residental parcels to the thriving Central Business District it is today. You’ll discover much of New Orleans past by walking the streets of the Faubourg St. Marie and seeing remenants of the past in its buildings and sights.