Erected in 1859 at a cost of $118,000, it was opened to the public on December 1, 1859. The opera house was one of the most famous masterpieces designed by noted architect James Gallier, architect of Gallier Hall and many other classic 18th century buildings.
From 1859 until it burned in 1919, the French Opera House was not only the scene of hundreds of operas, but was the hub of the dwindling Creole society, the last refuge of the "creme-de-la-creme."
One reminder of its presence remains - an indention on Bourbon Street leading to the entrance of the hotel. It was here that the fancy carriages of the Creole aristocrats parked to discharge the elegantly dressed passengers.
The Inn on Bourbon is located at 541 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130. Contact: 504-524-7611. www.innonbourbon.com