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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

New Orleans, Louisiana
County of Orleans.
941 Bourbon Street
National Register Number: 70000255
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Commerce/Trade - business.
Congressional District: LA-2 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Bar.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 15, 1970):
Situated in the heart of the Vieux Carre, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop was erected sometime between 1772 and 1791 and is an excellent example of a French Colonial Louis XV townhouse of briquete-entre-poteaux construction. It was built by Jean and Pierre Lafitte, illicit dealers in "black ivory" (slaves), who according to tradition, posed as blacksmiths to mask their nefarious trade.


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