This small nook of California-style bungalows and Mediterranean Revival homes has just 164 historic buildings within its borders. But its character is strong, with crepe myrtle trees and azalea bushes framing the historic residences.
The neighborhood was developed by Charles Louque, the founder of the New Orleans Swamp Land Reclamation Company; in 1897 his company drained the then-swampland to prepare South Lakeview for development. A street in the heart of this district is named for him. The Lakeview Civic Improvement Association, established in 1924, is one of the oldest and largest in the state. The neighborhood was especially hit hard in 2005 when it suffered some of the worst flooding after the 17th Street Canal breach following Hurricane Katrina. Fortunately, the solid construction and raised elevations of many of the historic homes contributed to the neighborhood’s survival — as did determined residents, many of whom came back and rebuilt their homes. Today, South Lakeview is a thriving neighborhood. Walkable amenities make it a desirable place to live, as do its proximity to both City Park and the lakefront.