My Bourbon Home

My Bourbon Home (HMYO6)

Location: New Orleans, LA 70130 Orleans Parish
Country: United States of America

N 29° 57.5', W 90° 3.969'

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New Orleans maps, as early as 1720, all reveal the presence of earlier buildings on this historic site. During the time of Spanish Rule, after the Great Conflagrations of 1788 and 1794, Casa Quinones was erected in 1795 by Don Estevan de Quinones, a Cuban-born Royal Secretary and Notary Public for the city of New Orleans, signing many of the public documents before and after the Louisiana Purchase. He was executive secretary to the Catholic diocese of Louisiana and Florida.

The Mangin Bros. Ironworks (Chas. A. & Jean Abel) was on the first floor & their residence above (1887-1920). Descended fro French blacksmith/locksmith families traceable to the Middle Ages. The famous Mangin anvil & key sign sat atop a pole at this site for decades. Three Mangin generations, 1833-1939, produced much of the ornamental ironwork now adorning the balconies, gates, and fences of the French Quarter and surrounds. M. Mangin would sit evenings on his balcony reading the French papers. By carriage, tuxedoed men and gowned women would pass en route to the French Opera House five doors uptown; but overnight on Dec. 4, 1919, that creole social center of New Orleans burned down. As viewed from inside the uptown side-window of his home, the ghostly Brocken Spectre backdrop for "a blaze more splendid & more terrible than Valpurgis Night"* resulted in a "For Sale" sign at this address that month.The Honorable Corinne "Lindy" Morrison Claiborne Boggs lived here from 1973 until after Hurricane Katrina. In 1972, her husband, U.S. Rep. & Majority Leader Hale Boggs Sr., disappeared in flight over Alaska without a trace. He had been elected 14 times to Congress, a Warren Commission member & negotiator for a New Orleans NFL franchise - the Saints. Lindy filled her husband's Congressional seat and served 9 terms, beloved for her tenacious & gracious national, state, and local public service. A trailblazer, she co-managed the inaugural balls of JFK and LBJ, chaired the 1976 DNC and presided over two commemorative Congressional Commissions. She was U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See (1997-2001). This first lady of Louisiana politics & her husband were elected or appointed to national public office through an astounding 11 U.S. presidencies, a landmark accomplishment.Dr. Thomas Albert, descendant of J.A. Mangin, and his wife, Laura Deichmann Albert, have restored Lindy's beloved Bourbon Home as she beautifully left it.*Lyle Saxon, The Time-PicayuneNew Orleans French Quarter Historical District
HM NumberHMYO6
Placed ByNew Orleans French Quarter Historical District
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 10:29pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 783143 N 3317790
Decimal Degrees29.95833333, -90.06615000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 57.5', W 90° 3.969'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 57' 30.00" N, 90° 3' 58.14" W
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Area Code(s)504, 225
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 623 Bourbon St, New Orleans LA 70130, US
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