Advocacy alert: protect a rare Entresol building in the French Quarter

Advocacy alert: the owners of 440 Bourbon St. are appealing a Vieux Carré Commission ruling that denied a proposed gallery addition to the building. The appeal will come before the New Orleans City Council this Thursday, Nov. 17. Please join the PRC in contacting your City Council member today, urging them to oppose this appeal.

Constructed in 1819 as part of the Pigneguy’s Stables, 440 Bourbon St. is a rare Entresol building. This unique Creole-style townhouse features a low-ceilinged second story, typically used for storage, separating shop space below and living space above. Galleries were not added to the entresol level, because it wasn’t living space. The proposal to do so at 440 Bourbon is not only anachronistic but also incomplete, as it does not show the doorways that will be needed to access the gallery.

PRC believes that adding an entresol-level gallery to the historic building at 440 Bourbon is inappropriate. The City Council should uphold the VCC denial of this historic change.

Please contact your City Council members to urge them to oppose this appeal of the VCC for 440 Bourbon St. Find contact information at