A swarthy beauty who called herself Minnie Ha Ha put a housekeeper in charge of her Union Street brothel late in 1868 and opened an establishment on Basin Street near Townsend's mansion.
Leila Barton operated "one of the most fashionable palaces of the demi-monde." (as described in the Times in 1870)
Gentle Annie Reed opened a house at No. 88 Basin Street in (about) 1868. She moved to Customhouse Street about a year or so later, and Kitty Johnson run the No. 88 house for many years.
Josephine Killeen was at No. 45 Basin Street, opposite Kate Townsend. Killeen was notorious for having under-age girls in her house and was denounced by all city officials and citizens of New Orleans as the "lowest of character".
The True Delta published an account of Fanny Sweet on December 8, 1861, on the authority of a New Orleans businessman who had known her when she was a girl. Her name was Mary Robinson, born in a small New York town in 1827.
She went to New York City in 1842, where she called herself Fanny Smith. She came to New Orleans in 1844, and entered a house on Dauphine Street. Fanny led a notorious life, from New Orleans to California, from California to New York, and left a trail of broken hearts and empty wallets. She left New Orleans in 1889, and it is believed that she died a few years later, in Florida.
In Storyville, women such as "Countess" Willie Piazza and Josie Arlington ran posh and luxurious houses with oil paintings, fine wines and potted palms. Many of the houses were staffed by the madame's stunning octoroon and quadroon 'nieces', who were usually girls whose families had fallen on hard times. The popularity of female Creoles of color in the bordellos caused many old-line Creole families to send their strictly raised daughters to convents until they were old enough to marry.
NEW ORLEANS BLUE BOOK
COUNTESS WILLIE PIAZZA
Is one place in the Tenderloin District you can't very well afford to miss. The Countess Piazza has made it a study to try to make everyone jovial who visits her house. If you have the "blues," the Countess and her girls can cure them. She has, without a doubt, the most handsome and intelligent octoroons in the United States. You should see them; they are all entertainers. If there is anything new in the singing and dancing line that you would like to see while in Storyville, Piazza's is the place to visit, especially when one is out hopping with friends - the women in particular. The Countess wishes it to be known that while her mansion is peerless in every respect, she only serves the "amber fluid."
"Just ask for Willie Piazza."
PHONE 4832 MAIN
317 N. Basin
Minnie White was a Storyville brothel proprietor in the early part of the twentieth century. She operated out of a large mansion at 221 North Basin Street, in New Orleans, Louisiana, between 1907 and 1917. For most or all of that time, she co-owned the structure with another madam, Jessie Brown. A 1911-12 edition of the Storyville Blue Book indicates that the phone number of White's establishment was 1663 Main. Many of White's charges were advertised as talented singers of bawdy ballads in addition to their regular duties as prostitutes. An E. J. Bellocq photograph (circa 1912) of one of her girls, one Marguerite Griffin, is frequently reproduced in texts about Storyville.
Hilma Burt (sometimes misspelled Helma or Hilda Burthe or Burtte) was a brothel madam in Storyville, New Orleans during the early twentieth century.
It is believed Jelly Roll Morton is at the piano.
Until the district was shut down in 1917, Burt operated a lavish house of prostitution on Basin Street where composer and pianist Jelly Roll Morton was employed by Burt, while still a youth, to entertain customers.