Pitot House

Pitot House, New Orleans: Hours, Address, Pitot House Reviews: 4/5

Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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A West Indies-style plantation home with 19th century antiques on display.
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Neighborhood: Mid-City District

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Paradise796486
2 contributions
Mayors House
Oct 2019 • Friends
Guide was really friendly. Home is small, but historically intact. School next door takes away from the experience, but it's still worth a visit.
Written October 25, 2019
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John R
Bayside, NY728 contributions
Learn about "Life on the Bayou!"
Jun 2019 • Couples
The Pitot House was built was completed in 1799. The home owners changed as the French and Colonial era changed. My guide Jennifer, did a great job explaining Life on the Bayou, history of the home and its owners. She also touched on its architecture. A tour of this house can help you learn about its time, owners and structure. Good place to go if you want a quick getaway from the music and food of New Orleans.
Written June 9, 2019
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NolaDode
New Orleans, LA28 contributions
Bayou St John tour
May 2019 • Solo
Toured the Pitot House Museum and neighboring Faubourg Pontchartrain today. The guide was most informative and accommodating. Unfortunately the tour was cut short a bit due to an unexpected downpour. This is a very important area of New Orleans.
Written May 1, 2019
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,181 contributions
Built to withstand New Orleans' hot summers
Feb 2019 • Couples
If you have visited antebellum houses in St. Francisville, Natchez and Charleston, you are keenly aware how people of the mid-19th century adapted to the hot summers in the South. Add New Orleans to the list. A visit to Pitot House is recommended. It was built with no hallways and an outdoor stairway. The doors were positioned across from each other to keep cool air moving. The extended galleries on both the bottom and top levels of the house keep the sun off the walls and offer outdoor breezeways. Built in 1799, Pitot House is located at 1440 Moss Street in New Orleans. An example of an 18th century Creole colonial country home, it is situated on Bayou St. John and was moved several blocks from its original site in order to prevent its demolition. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. The house was named for James Pitot, the fourth owner of the house who resided there from 1810 to 1819 and was considered to be the first "American" mayor of New Orleans in 1804-1805. The interior is festooned with American and Louisiana antiques from the early 19th century. A portrait of Sophie Gabrielle, Pitot's daughter, is the only artifact owned by any past resident of the house. Significantly, another resident of the house was Mother Cabrini, American's first named saint. It was saved from demolition by the Louisiana Landmarks Society in 1964 and restored to its original splendor, showing the double-pitched hipped roof and the plaster-covered brick-between-post construction. Because of its construction, Pitot House was able to survive the floods of Hurricane Katrina. The gallery, back loggia and sleeping porch were used for outdoor entertaining, dining and sleeping. They were fitted with shutters to provide relief from the intense Louisiana sun. The property also includes a 10,000-square-foot yard, where parties and special events are held, and a garden that grows plants traditional to the time period when the Pitot House was built.
Written February 12, 2019
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Tod H
Sunset Beach, NC85 contributions
Wedding and Reception
Dec 2018 • Friends
Recently attended a wedding and reception at Pitot House. What a charmingly beautiful location near downtown New Orleans. The wedding and reception were held outdoors/under a beautiful tent with bars, great food, an awesome band, etc. Highly recommend the Pitot House.
Written December 20, 2018
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Stephanie C
66 contributions
Worth a visit
Nov 2018 • Couples
Beautiful old home with garden. Interesting to imagine life in the 18th century New Orleans. Good tour guide that bought history to life. Short visit, but worth it.
Written November 24, 2018
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CallieLMissouri
Georgia18 contributions
Pitot House
May 2018 • Couples
Excellent preservation of a New Orleans jewel. Jenny, our guide, was very knowledgeable of New Orleans, both past and present, and gave us an outstanding tour of the house.
Written May 17, 2018
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Tamara S
1 contribution
Poor customer service and harassment from management
Feb 2018 • Friends
Horrible experience at the Pitot House. Working on a personal photography project with my team of four people. We called in advance to inquire about shooting at the location and if there were any fees. We were told by the person on the phone that due to the nature of our project, there would be no fee as we are not professional photographers. A friend of mine was actually being mentored that day in his study to become a professional. Upon arriving to the location, we checked with the assistant. She let us in and we began prepping the subject for the photos. As soon as makeup was done, who I would assume is the owner came out angrily accusing us of "taking advantage" of the location because they usually charge for fashion shoots. This was a personal project and we called ahead of time to ask, so I don't understand why she approached us so angrily. She said "hurry up. Make it quick. And leave." After shooting for less than 10 minutes, she came out yelling and angrily/loudly slamming the shutters and demanding that we leave. On top of that humiliating experience, as we were discussing the wrap of the shoot and preparing to leave OUTSIDE of the premesis, she came and TOOK PICTURES OF OUR LICENSE PLATES. This is ridiculous and completely unacceptable. I don't understand why she went overboard. She literally could have just quoted us a price and we could have paid just like we do at city park. But unlike city park, this establishment is clearly prejudiced and I guess we didn't look like we could afford it lol. As much as we tried to explain that we were not shooting for fashion or print, she wasn't trying to hear it. This was a completely personal project for team building and artistic growth. Everyone was there by volunteer. The clothes were thrifted. No one was being paid or published. You can't reason with someone who is screaming at you though. If this is how they treat "professionals" I would hate to see how they treat regular guests. I do not recommend this property and will not be supporting their business in the future.
Written February 17, 2018
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,181 contributions
New Orleans as it was in the early 1800s
Aug 2016 • Couples
During the French and Spanish colonial era of the 1700s, Bayou St. John was a key waterway leading into New Orleans. The stately homes of many of the city's prominent residents lined the bayou at that time. Today, Pitot House is the only one that still stands. Built in 1799, the West Indies-style plantation home is located at 1440 Moss Street in the city's Esplanade Ridge neighborhood. It once was occupied by James Pitot, the first American mayor of New Orleans, and Mother Cabrini, America's first named saint. Now a museum and the property of the Louisiana Landmarks Society, the Pitot House is a classic example of 18th century Creole colonial architecture. The house has no hallways, an outdoor stairway and extended galleries on both the bottom and top levels to keep the sun off the walls and offer outdoor breezeways. It was designed with hot summers and insects in mind with doors positioned across from each other to keep cool air moving. It has been meticulously restored to showcase the stucco-covered, brick-between-post construction and double-pitched hipped roof. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the home and the parlor garden filled with flowers, vegetables, herbs, cotton, tobacco, indigo and sugar cane. Adjacent to the property is a 10,0000-square-foot yard that is available for rental for seated dinners, wedding receptions, corporate entertaining and other social events. Meanwhile, the interior of the home is carefully furnished with Louisiana and American antiques from the early 1800s. It is the only Creole colonial style house museum in New Orleans, telling the story of life along Bayou St. John since the earliest days of settlement. The house is a 10-minute drive from the French Quarter and a 10-minute walk from the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course, accessible via the North Carrollton branch of the Canal Streetcar line and the Esplanade Avenue bus line. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
Written March 15, 2017
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janemaher2017
Covington, LA19 contributions
Glimpse at life outside the Quarter
Feb 2017 • Friends
Great tour. Amazed to find out that this was a weekend home; the Pitots had a house in the Quarter too.
Hate to correct visitors who love New Orleans but this is a Creole house, not Cajun. Cajuns are from southwest Louisiana. The terms are not interchangeable.
Written February 12, 2017
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