Thursday, October 13, 2011

Napoleon House in New Orleans

     Napoleon House has been owned by the same New Orleans family since the early 1900's, and they have done an excellent job of maintaining all the original architectural details and the aged ambiance of this elegant building.  History and myth emanate from every scar in the old stucco facade and from behind every faded shuttered window.  Inside, the mellow brick and arched alcoves of the cafe transport us back in time. 

Located in the heart of the French Quarter, this building was originally the home of Nicholas Girod who was mayor of New Orleans from 1812 to 1815.  Because New Orleans was very French in culture and history, Mr. Girod offered his home as a refuge to Napoleon Bonaparte, who was facing exile from France after a series of military defeats. Bonaparte never took the offer, but the house soon began to be referred to as "Napoleon House."

Today, one can sit in the Napoleon House bar and enjoy the famous "Pims Cup" drink or have a delicious bowl of Gumbo and reflect on the lives and legends of New Orleans. 

This original oil painting, which measures 7 feet high, was painted for a patron who loves the mystery and lore of the French Quarter.  SOLD

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3 comments:

  1. love the paintings.. found your website when I was looking for images for New Orleans..

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  2. Lady in Read - Thanks for viewing my work!!

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  3. Wow I really enjoy your paintings. Being from New Orleans I can tell you have a real ability to bring out the essence of our city. Wonderful work! I also am passionate about New Orleans and Art. Check my blog out at spanselartgallery.blogspot.com

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