|Above, streetcar on N. Rampart Street, 1918.
|On Rampart Street in New Orleans,
Somebody's callin' for me,
I can hear that gang of mine
Singin' sweet harmony.
How my heart does beat
To get to Rampart Street!
New Orleans, New Orleans, I'm comin' home to you,
New Orleans, New Orleans, ain't nothin' else to do.
I'm gonna tell you true -
I'm not bluffin' - there ain't nothin'
I love like I love you!
|Vintage and Current Images of Rampart Street
|Looking down Rampart Street from Canal Street, 1930
|Above, N. Rampart at Ursuline Street, Puglia's Grocery on
corner, St. Mark's can be seen in distance; 1960. Below,
same corner today, the grocery is now a residence.
|Rampart at St. Ann Street, Gino's Restaurant, 1960
|Conti Street at N. Rampart - During Storyville's heyday, this was the high class bordello of
Norma Wallace; it was later occupied by photographer, E. C. Bellocq, famous for his
haunting photographs of Storyville's prostitutes. It now stands, forlorn and abandoned, in
the middle of a large commercial parking lot, one of only a handful of buildings remaining
from that district's era. Its only visitors are tour buses like the one shown approaching it
above, driving by to give tourists a quick look at a building with a colorful history.
|N. Rampart at Conti Street, 1960
|The photo at the very top of the page of N. Rampart
near Iberville is a current shot; the photo above
shows the same location in 1960.
|1200 block N. Rampart - Formerly, the chapel and convent of the
Discalced Carmelites of New Orleans, now, a Catholic Charismatic church
& retreat center. The walled complex was constructed in 1895 by
architect James Freret and builder Fred Beusch. The Carmelite nuns left
the complex in 1971, after upkeep of the buildings became too difficult
for them. Discalced Carmelite nuns are a contemplative order who live in
strictly cloistered monasteries. The nuns who lived behind these walls
spent most of their time in intercessory prayer for mankind, but they
were, also, artists and artisans; they sewed vestments and linens; baked
hosts and bread; planted their own gardens; they translated and
published books for English speaking Carmelite communities throughout
the world. The first Carmelite nuns arrived in New Orleans in 1877.
|300 block N. Rampart - The old Yellow Fever Mortuary
Chapel - Built in 1826 as a burial church for Yellow Fever
victims, it's the oldest surviving church in the city. Now,
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, it's the official chapel of the
New Orleans Police and Fire Departments. Link at bottom
of page will take you to my webpage on the old mortuary
chapel. Photo on left, 1905; photo on right, current.
|1100 block N. Rampart - St. Mark's United Methodist Church & Community Center -
St. Mark's started out as an outreach program in the Irish Channel in 1909, and in
its hundred year history has maintained an emphasis on outreach and an
empathetic, reconciling ministry. It's offered shelter to volunteers coming to help
rebuild the city since the levee failures; it provides meals to the homeless every
Sunday after worship service and provides other community outreach programs.
The current church was built in 1924 and it's a landmark in the neighborhood.
|The recent photos below were taken in the 400 block of S. Rampart. A hundred years ago, this block on
South Rampart was part of a popular African-American entertainment district called "Back of Town."
Many great Jazz musicians of that era played in the saloons and dancehalls on this street and the
saloons, dancehalls and brothels of the Storyville District across Canal Street. These included early
Jazz greats such as Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and many more. The photos below
are courtesy of Anthony Posey. Mr. Posey has done yeoman's work in photo-chronicling historic landmarks
and neighborhoods of New Orleans and he is generous to share his efforts.
Click on the images below to see a larger picture.
|Block with a history: Building on right,
Iroquois Theater; red brick building
further down - Karnofsky's store, where
Louis Armstrong worked as a young
boy; the white building at end of block,
Little Gem Saloon.
|Little Gem Saloon
|Eagle Saloon downstairs,
dancehall upstairs. I understand
this building has been purchased
and there are plans to restore it.
Many thanks to Arlene Dehring for the photo at the top of the page and the photo of the Carmelite convent.
The link to this page is: http://old-new-orleans.com/NO_Rampart.html
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|On the right, Iroquois Theater