George Washington Cable House

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George Washington Cable House
In 2008
George Washington Cable House is located in Louisiana
George Washington Cable House
George Washington Cable House is located in the US
George Washington Cable House
Location 1313 8th St., New Orleans, Louisiana
Coordinates 29°55′34.87″N 90°5′13.8″W / 29.9263528°N 90.087167°W / 29.9263528; -90.087167Coordinates: 29°55′34.87″N 90°5′13.8″W / 29.9263528°N 90.087167°W / 29.9263528; -90.087167
Area less than one acre
Built 1874
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Colonial, Other
Part of Garden District (#71000358)
NRHP Reference # 66000374
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL December 29, 1962[2]
Designated NHLDCP May 30, 1974

The George Washington Cable House is a historic house at 1313 8th Street, in the Garden District of New Orleans, Louisiana. Built in 1874, it was the home of George Washington Cable (1844–1925), an American writer who described Creole life, during the period in which he rose to national prominence.[3] The cottage was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962.[2][3]

Description and history[edit]

The Cable House is located on the Garden District's west side, on the east side of Eighth Street between Chestnut and Coliseum Streets. It is almost entirely obscured from view by a tall hedge. It is functionally a two story house, although it was built by Cable as a single-story structure with a full-height basement. Columns in front of the facade provide an arcade on the basement level, and support the porch of the main level. Bracketed posts support the roof above the porch. The house was built by Cable in 1874, shortly after the publication of "Sieur George", the short story that brought him national attention.[3]

The house was Cable's home until 1884, a time period which saw the publication of The Grandissimes: A Story of Creole Life, an ambitious historical romance, and a number of other important works.[3] Mark Twain is said to have been one of Cable's guests here. Cable moved to New England in 1884, but is writing style and content continued to be influenced by his native New Orleans.[3]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "George Washington Cable House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Patricia Heintzelman (May 23, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: George Washington Cable House" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 2 photos, exterior, from 1975. (636 KB)