Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is located in Louisiana
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
Location 941 Bourbon St., New Orleans, Louisiana
Coordinates 29°57′38.66″N 90°3′50.02″W / 29.9607389°N 90.0638944°W / 29.9607389; -90.0638944Coordinates: 29°57′38.66″N 90°3′50.02″W / 29.9607389°N 90.0638944°W / 29.9607389; -90.0638944
Built 1761
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 70000255
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 15, 1970[1]
Designated NHL April 15, 1970[2]

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is a site in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is a tavern located on the corner of Bourbon Street and St. Philip Street. The tavern's building, built sometime before 1772, is one of the older surviving structures in New Orleans (the Ursuline Convent, for example, is older) and has been called the oldest continually occupied bar in the United States.[3] According to legend the pirate Jean Lafitte (ca. 1776 – ca. 1823) once owned the building, though as with many things involving Lafitte, such as it being a place where he plotted his illegal seizures and the sale of contraband, no documentation of this exists.

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop has a reputation as a great gameday bar for college and pro sporting events, as well as being a popular bar break for many New Orleans Tour companies, a hangout for vampires and a variety of other sub-cultures. It is purported to be one of the more haunted bars in the French Quarter.[citation needed]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.[2][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  3. ^ "12 Oldest Places in America". 12 oldest places in America. Fox News. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  4. ^ Charles W. Snell (May 10, 1968). National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings: Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop PDF (151 KiB). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 3 photos, exterior, from 1968. PDF (168 KiB)