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Forstall House

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c. 1845; 1858, Gallier, Turpin and Company; 2010 renovated. 920 St. Louis St.
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This building’s sophisticated neoclassical-influenced facade is a remodeling by James Gallier Jr. of a preexisting three-story brick building that banker Edmund J. Forstall and his wife, Clara, purchased in 1857. The first story is rusticated with round-arched windows, the two floors above are united by two-story high Corinthian pilasters, with round-arched windows at the third level, and the building is topped by a low attic above a heavy cornice. The keystones of the third-floor windows are shaped as grotesques. Small iron balconies in front of the windows add a local touch, and the entire facade is painted in shades of a creamy color. This is an unusual design for New Orleans and reflects Gallier’s broad knowledge of fashionable European and American East Coast styles. In the twentieth century the building had various owners and uses but was returned to residential use in 2010 when it was renovated and converted to condominiums.

Writing Credits

Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas



  • 1844

  • 1858

  • 2010


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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, "Forstall House", [New Orleans, Louisiana], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

buildings of new orleans book

Buildings of New Orleans, Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 35-36.

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