James Freret

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James Freret (1838–1897) was a prolific architect who practiced in New Orleans, Louisiana.

He studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts.[1]

His cousin William A. Freret, also an architect, and son of New Orleans mayor William Freret, redesigned the State capitol after the Civil War and headed the Office of the Supervising Architect in Washington, D.C.. James designed many residences in or near New Orleans.[2]

Works of James Freret included:

  • Moresque Building, New Orleans (with William A. Freret)[2] Destroyed by fire in 1897.[1]
  • Board of Trade building, New Orleans[2]
  • Lemann Store, 314 Mississippi Street, Donaldsonville, Louisiana, NRHP-listed[3]
  • Administration Building of the Spring Hill College Quadrangle, 4307 Old Shell Road, Mobile, Alabama, NRHP-listed[3]
  • One or more works in Upper Central Business District (Boundary Increase II), roughly bounded by O'Keefe, Poydras, Convention Center Blvd., St. Rt. 90 and Howard Avenue, New Orleans (Freret and Wolf), NRHP-listed[3]
  • Bradish Johnson House (attributed), 2341 Prytania Street, erected in 1872, the design of this post-Civil War mansion of a prominent Louisiana sugar planter reflects the influence of the French Ecole des Beaux Arts, where Freret studied from 1860 to 1862. Residence of Walter Denegre 1892-1929, Louise S. McGehee School since 1929. (wording from Marker by Orleans Parish Landmarks Commission)


  1. ^ a b "Encyclopedia of Louisiana: James Freret". 
  2. ^ a b c "Freret bio" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-02. 
  3. ^ a b c National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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