Poydras Market

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The Poydras Market also known as the Poydras Street Market, was an early market area in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Poydras Market in 1905; painting by William Woodward.

It was located on Poydras Street across from Maylie's Restaurant. The area was frequented by prominent families in the area, who kept it quite busy.

On 6 February 1897, twelve of these families submitted a petition to the Public Order Committee to oppose the annexation of Poydras and Lafayette streets into the New Orleans city limits. They argued that the streets were the primary "avenues to the Poydras Market by which all the families residing back of town walk to make their daily market and other purchases."[1] Long argues that they really wanted to keep the market and their neighborhoods segregated from the less respectable denizens of New Orleans proper.[2]

The former Poydras Market area is now part of the New Orleans Central Business District.


  1. ^ Quoted in Long 118.
  2. ^ Long 118.


  • Brock, Eric J. (1999). Images of America: New Orleans. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing.
  • Long, Alecia P. (2004) The Great Southern Babylon: Sex, Race, and Respectability in New Orleans, 1865—1920. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.