Napoleon House

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Mayor Girod House
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Napoleon House is located in Louisiana
Napoleon House
Napoleon House is located in the United States
Napoleon House
Location500 Chartres St., New Orleans, Louisiana
Coordinates29°57′20.5″N 90°3′54″W / 29.955694°N 90.06500°W / 29.955694; -90.06500Coordinates: 29°57′20.5″N 90°3′54″W / 29.955694°N 90.06500°W / 29.955694; -90.06500
Arealess than one acre
Architectural styleColonial, Other
Part ofVieux Carre Historic District (#66000377)
NRHP reference #70000254
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 15, 1970[1]
Designated NHLApril 15, 1970[2]
Designated NHLDCPDecember 21, 1965

The Napoleon House (French: Maison Napoléon), also known as the Mayor Girod House or Nicolas Girod House, is a historic building at 500 Chartres Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Built in 1794 and enlarged in 1814, its name derives from the local legend that it was intended as a residence for Napoleon Bonaparte after his exile. A plan to bring Napoleon to Louisiana was halted by news of his death in 1821.[3]

The building was also the home of Nicholas Girod (d. 1840), mayor of New Orleans. One of the city's finer private residences in the early 19th century, the building housed a local grocery at the start of the 20th century and since 1914 has operated as a restaurant called Napoleon House.[4] The upper floors of the building have been converted to apartments, where some of the original interior decorative elements may still be seen.[5]

In 1934, the famous building housed the "Napoleon Cafe and Grocery".

It was declared to be a National Historic Landmark in 1970, as one of the city's finest examples of French-influenced architecture. It is a three-story brick stuccoed building, with a dormered hip roof and cupola. Shallow ironwork balconies with austere styling adorn the second floor.[2][5]

The Napoleon House restaurant has an old-time New Orleans atmosphere and serves such traditional dishes as red beans and rice, gumbo, and jambalaya; it has been particularly known among locals for its muffaletta sandwiches.[6] The bar is known for serving its "Pimm's Cup" cocktail.[7] Classical music is played on the sound system.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
  2. ^ a b "Mayor Girod House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2008-01-30. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Napoleon House: History
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  5. ^ a b Patricia Heintzelman (July 15, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Mayor Girod House / Mayor Girod House - The Napoleon House" (pdf). National Park Service. Cite journal requires |journal= (help) and Accompanying 6 photos, exterior and interior, from 1975. (1.55 MB)
  6. ^ Walker, Judy (May 1, 2016). "Napoleon House Muffuletta explained at New Orleans Jazz Fest". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans, LA. Archived from the original on 2 May 2016.
  7. ^ Walker, Judy (March 26, 2015). "Pimm's Cup recipe from Napoleon House". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans, LA. Archived from the original on 9 October 2015.

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