Lower Garden District, New Orleans

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Lower Garden District
New Orleans Neighborhood
Building formerly housing a neighborhood bar, Lower Garden District
Country United States
State Louisiana
City New Orleans
Planning District District 2, Central City/Garden District
Elevation 6 ft (1.8 m)
Coordinates 29°56′02″N 90°04′12″W / 29.93389°N 90.07000°W / 29.93389; -90.07000Coordinates: 29°56′02″N 90°04′12″W / 29.93389°N 90.07000°W / 29.93389; -90.07000
Area 1.16 sq mi (3 km2)
 - land 0.95 sq mi (2 km2)
 - water 0.21 sq mi (1 km2), 18.1%
Population 4,542 (2010)
Density 3,916 / sq mi (1,512 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 504

Lower Garden District is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Central City/Garden District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: St. Charles Avenue, Felicity, Prytania, Thalia, Magazine and Julia Streets to the north, the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, Crescent City Connection and Mississippi River to the east, Felicity, Magazine and Constance Streets, Jackson Avenue, Chippewa, Soraparu, and St. Thomas Streets to the south and 1st Street to the west.


Lower Garden District is located at 29°56′02″N 90°04′12″W / 29.93389°N 90.07000°W / 29.93389; -90.07000 [1] and has an elevation of 6 feet (1.8 m).[2] According to the United States Census Bureau, the district has a total area of 1.16 square miles (3.0 km2). 0.95 square miles (2.5 km2) of which is land and 0.21 square miles (0.5 km2) (18.1%) of which is water.

Adjacent neighborhoods[edit]


The City Planning Commission defines the boundaries of Lower Garden District as these streets: St. Charles Avenue, Felicity Street, Thalia Street, Magazine Street, Julia Street, the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, Crescent City Connection, Mississippi River, Felicity Street, Magazine Street, Constance Street, Jackson Avenue, Chippewa Street, Soraparu Street and 1st Street.[3]


As of the census of 2000, there were 6,116 people, 3,332 households, and 998 families residing in the neighborhood.[4] The population density was 6,438 /mi² (2,446 /km²).

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,363 people, 3,843 households, and 994 families residing in the neighborhood.[4]


The Garden District is zoned to schools in the New Orleans Public Schools and the Recovery School District.

ReNEW SciTech Academy, operated by ReNEW Schools, is within the former Laurel Elementary School within the Lower Garden District.[5][6] After Hurricane Katrina, Laurel was a school directly operated by the RSD. In 2010 Laurel had a performance score of 45, below the "65" score that was considered "academically unacceptable."[7]

The International School of Louisiana (New Orleans International School), one of the two schools in New Orleans that is chartered by the State of Louisiana but is not a part of the RSD,[8] operates the Camp Street Campus,[9] located in the former Andrew Jackson Elementary School in the lower Garden District.[8] This campus opened in 2000.[10] The Center for Education Reform in 2007 ranked the International School as one of the best charters in the United States.[8]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Timothy Lea, bass opera singer, was a resident of the Lower Garden District.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Greater New Orleans Community Data Center. "Lower Garden District Neighborhood". Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  4. ^ a b "Lower Garden District Neighborhood". Greater New Orleans Community Data Center. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "GARDEN DISTRICT." (Archive) City of New Orleans. Retrieved on March 30, 2013.
  6. ^ "SciTech Academy." ReNEW Schools. Retrieved on March 31, 2013. "820 Jackson Avenue New Orleans, LA 70130"
  7. ^ Morris, Robert. "ReNEW hopes to lift Laurel and Live Oak schools out of “failing” status next year, and will open accelerated high school at Bauduit campus in the fall." Uptown Messenger. May 20, 2012. Retrieved on April 2, 2013.
  8. ^ a b c Ritea, Steve. "Charter group hails N.O. school." The Times-Picayune. Thursday May 17, 2007. Retrieved on March 30, 2013. "The International School, one of two New Orleans schools chartered by the state but not part of the Recovery District, now operates out of the Andrew Jackson Elementary building in the Lower Garden District."
  9. ^ "Camp Street Campus." International School of Louisiana. Retrieved on March 31, 2013. "1400 Camp Street New Orleans, LA 70130"
  10. ^ Chang, Cindy. "International School of Louisiana is expanding to the West Bank." The Times Picayune. October 25, 2010. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  11. ^ J. Bennet (February 2006). "Mike Williams’ eternal sludge bender rages on with a new book and Eyehategod’s first new material in five years.". Decibel Magazine. Retrieved 2008-09-06. [dead link]

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