Monday, June 2, 2014

Steamboat House, Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans

My friend Ben took me on a walk along the levee near his home in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. I shared a shot of him taken on the levee in an earlier post. (Click Here) to see that shot.
Here's a map of the area:
Image Source:
(I added the location of the Steamboat House)
One of the landmarks in the area is the Steamboat House. Here's how it looked on the day we visited:
Steamboat House, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
iso 80, f2.8, 1/1600 sec.
Apparently, there are two Steamboat Houses; I only saw this one. Here's what wikipedia has to say about them:
"The Doullut steamboat houses are located on either side of Egania Street at numbers 400 and 503. The first house, closer to the river, was built in 1905 by Captain Milton P. Doullut, a riverboat pilot, as his home. The second was built in 1913 for his son Paul Doullut. In 1977 both houses were designated historic landmarks. The houses have two notable design influences, the first being the steamboats of the period, the second being the Japanese exhibit at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis (Louisiana Purchase Exposition). Notably, Mary Doullut (wife of Milton) was also a river boat captain, who worked on the river for over 30 years; she is believed to be the first woman to have held a Mississippi riverboat pilot's license."
(Click Here) to read about the houses and the Lower Ninth Ward on wikipedia.
Ben actually knows some of the people who live here. I'd love to go inside. We speculated that maybe the building actually had something to do with the steamboat trade, but that seems to not be the case.
The Steamboat House is a quirky little highlight of this historic area of the city.