Established 1719 · Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Catch the Ferry in the Terminal Straight Ahead
Ride the Canal Street—Algiers Ferry across the river, pickup a FREE walking tour brochure in the Ferry Terminal and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the charming streets and historic architecture of Algiers Point. If you are traveling by car, enjoy the expanded points of interest in Greater Algiers on the Westbank!
Algiers Point, a quiet, but vibrant neighborhood, was established in 1719 and is the second oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. Originally called the "King's Plantation," it was first used as the location for the city's powder magazine and slaughterhouse, a holding area for the newly arrived enslaved Africans, and the first port of call for the displaced Cajuns.
Developed as a town by Barthelemy Duverje, Algiers expanded due mainly to the shipbuilding and repair industry of the dry docks and extensive railroad yards. Because of the growth of the area, the Canal Street—Algiers Ferry was created in 1827. Today the neighborhood is filled with turn-of-the-century homes dating from the 1840s, churches, schools, restaurants and neighborhood businesses, which serve the community as they have for years.
Many of the Jazz and Blues "greats" have called Algiers home including Lester Young, "Memphis Minnie", Henry "Re'd"
Allen, George Lewis, Jimmie Noone and "Kid" Thomas Valentine.
In its almost 300 year history, just like the French Quarter, Algiers Point has suffered a devastating fire and periods of blight common to 360 year-old neighborhoods. Thankfully, it was spared much of the devastation and flooding of Hurricane Katrina and has come hack as one of the premier historic neighborhoods in New Orleans.
In the surrounding West Bank area, we boast additional attractions such as an Ancestral "Village" that celebrates the African, Indian and Cajun, people's history, the Old Algiers Cultural District Corridor, English Turn, Brechtel Park, Woodland Trail and Park, Aurora Shopping Village, Aurora Country Club, Lakewood Country Club and Golf Course, Federal City, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Forces headquarters and the United Stales Coast Guard Sector New Orleans.
History courtesy of Kevin Herridge.
Funding provided by grant from the Algiers Development District
Artwork by Matt King/I Design LLC