Storyville District, New Orleans - 1897-1917

Historic Pictorial Tour

Ill-famed denizen of irrational behavior, a wide open, large area of pleasure places, cat houses, and honky-tonks, twenty-four hours round the clock–– all in the direct center of the commercial business district.

Gallery

Storyville, 1906

Earliest aerial view. Predates railroad passenger shed that would extend thru Basin St.

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Panoramic View

Storyville

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Photo from a balloon

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Photo from a balloon

Storyville

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At Sundown in 1922

(L.) the Arlington cupola and (R.) Mahogany Hall

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Corner of Franklin (now Crozat) & Bienville

Frank Early's 'My Place' turn of century. Here, Tony Jackson wrote 'Pretty Baby'. Photo early 1940s.

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Miss Gipsy Shafer.

Villere & Iberville

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Villere & Iberville

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Cribs: Bienville between Lulu White's saloon (brick structure left)

Frank Early's 'My Place' on corner. ca.1941

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Under the 'Jax' sign, 'Big 25', 1942. Removed 1957

Street was Franklin (now named Crozart), Corner with barber pole was 'Shoto Cabaret'.

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1938

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1938

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206-208 N. Franklin. Phillips' Cafe (also at various times 101 Ranch, 102 Ranch, & Entertainers)

Kid Ory, Mutt Carey, King Oliver played here.

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Downtown river corner of Iberville & Franklin (1942).

In front, 'Entertainers' still remained. Rear, Mahogany Hall visible.'

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Iberville from Basin

Right, Frank Toro's

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Uptown lake corner Franklin & Conti prior to demolition. Maud Hartmann's brothel,'The Club' at left (with girl on step).

Sophie Fielure occupied place in center; Edna Hamilton in the bldg. on corner.

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1903, Police wagon on S. Basin St. past Elks Home; (what had been) Kate Townsend mansion.

In distance on at right, Arlington cupola.

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Robertson St. cribs (condemned 1939), 'Negro' section rented for 20 cents a night in 1899 -

Three to three-half dollars 1913, less than one dollar by end of 1915.

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Row of cribs marked for demolition, Downtown side Conti St.

Seen thru wrought iron of a brothel gallery on Uptown lake corner Marais & Conti.

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River side Marais St. from Conti to St. Louis.

Higher class cribs had plumbing. The three identical bldgs. kept two dozen women employed in 1904.

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N. Franklin St. from corner of Iberville

toward Bienville

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Conti St. from Basin, May Tuckerman's house on left.

Second house from corner, Gipsy Shafer

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Firehouse on Basin St. (one bldg. from corner of Conti).

Countess Piazza brothel on left, Willie Barrera on corner.

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Cribs

Franklin St. near Bienville

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'Up The Line' Basin Street

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'Up The Line'

Basin Street

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1943 view (what was left of) Joe Victor's saloon at corner Villere & St. Louis; cribs still seen on sides.

At time of Al Rose writing, one of few original bldgs. still standing.

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Gateway to Storyville, Terminal Saloon, from Basin to Franklin.

Photo dated 11-May-1911

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Tom Anderson Annex

'Down The Line'

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Basin St. 'Down The Line', 1909.

First visible establishment on next block, extreme right, Toro's 'Monte Carlo Cafe'.

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One hundred electric bulbs in ceiling of Tom Anderson's Annex Cafe & Chop House.

Basin St. & Customhouse (Iberville)

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"May Tuckerman's brothel, 341 Basin, corner of Conti.

Earlier run by other madams, 1917 by Willie Barrera.

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Uptown side of Iberville, from corner of Franklin.

Bldgs. were all cribs except one next to corner; Charles Marcet's shooting gallery.

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Lulu White's Saloon, Basin & Bienville.

Mahogany just visible at left, cribs far right.

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Cribs on Iberville St. between Marais & Liberty. 1919 or earlier.

The old overhang on the extreme left belonged to Eddie Groshell's Dance Hall.

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Dollar Cribs on lake side of Marais, between St. Louis & Conti.

Extreme right, Unexpected Saloon and Rifle Club.

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Cribs

In the District

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Cribs

In the District

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Street barrel organ player on North Rampart Street

18-Feb-1901

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Rampart Street, Down From Tulane

1909

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Matthew Antoine Desire' Dekemel, 'Buglin' Sam, the Waffle Man'

Sold waffles & made music, various places in District.

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Public library files of newpapers and periodicals were vandalized, countless issues clipped. Relevant pages in real estate plat books in City Hall had been ripped out. 1938, The Times-Picayune threw out files of photographs. During the early 1940s, the city changed names of some streets; Basin Street became North Saratoga, Franklin Street became Crozat. In 1945 city boosters came to recognize that the jazz myth and Basin Street's association could be promoted, and the name Basin Street was formally restored.