The history of the Faubourg Marigny began in March 1805 when the 20 year old minor, Bernard Xavier Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville, and his guardian, Solomon Prevost, petitioned the Conseil de Ville (City Council) to allow the subdivision of his plantation located below the Vieux Carré. The request was granted April 19, 1805, and Bernard began selling property in what would become known as a Creole French speaking suburb.
The first lot, situated on Decatur street (rue Victoire), close to Elysian Fields (Champs Elysées), sold in September 1805, and by year’s end 30 more lots had been purchased. The original boundaries of the Faubourg Marigny extended from St. Claude avenue [rue des Bons Enfants] to the river and from 100 feet behind Esplanade avenue to Franklin avenue [rue Enghein]. In 1974 when the area was designated the Faubourg Marigny National Historic District the lower boundary was pushed from Franklin avenue to Press street. (In the tradition of the neighborhood, street and avenue designations will be omitted in the following history, e.g. Elysian Fields, not Elysian Fields avenue).
The plantation’s sawmill canal became the center of the newly laid Elysian Fields and with the river, determined the direction of the suburb’s parallel and perpendicular streets.
In 1809 thousands of Haitian refugees arrived in New Orleans. Bernard Marigny offered to sell property in his new faubourg with no down payment to these French speaking refugees, and many accepted (whites, free people of color - particularly single females - and their slaves).
You are living in one of the most dynamic and interesting neighborhoods in New Orleans. What makes the Marigny such a great place to live is the eclectic mix of residences and businesses, people and personalities.
Our neighborhood has almost everything you need to live; food markets, hardware and lumber stores, bakeries, restaurants, shops, salons, bars, coffee houses...the list is extensive. If you are looking for a particular business, check out our business listings and remember that keeping our local businesses in business helps keep our neighborhood safe.
We have monthly meetings on the third Monday of the month that are open to the public. Here we discuss current issues and listen to speakers, political types etc in an effort to protect , maintain and support our neighborhood. We also have a monthly social gathering - Meet the Neighbors. It is a great way to meet the eclectic mix of people and personalities that Marigny such a great place to live, work and play.