The Warehouse District, situated between the Lower Garden District and Central Business District, is a popular urban neighborhood, characterized by warehouse condo conversions, lofts, hip restaurants and bars.
The Warehouse District, also commonly referred to as the "New Orleans Arts District," was originally established as an industrial area in the 19th century to store grain, coffee, and produce shipped through the Port of New Orleans. As commerce, trade, and industry practices evolved over time, the area’s prosperity faded, and the once busy streets became eerily quiet.
The Warehouse District's transformation to what some have referred to as “the SoHo of the South” began in 1976 with the opening of the Contemporary Arts Center. The 10,000-square-foot complex entertains and enlightens visitors with cutting edge-artwork and an eclectic array of music, theatre, and dance performances to this very day. Through this opening the art community saw massive potential and promise in the neighborhood. The abundant and open spaces of the warehouses there were perfect for creating, storing, and displaying artwork. Today more than 25 galleries call the district home. Most are located on Julia Street, which is also the scene of an evening gallery hop that hosts a mix of art lovers and socialites on the first Saturday night of every month.
Museums also put the spacious warehouses of this community to good use. The National World War II Museum, one of the most popular tourist destinations in New Orleans, features an ever-expanding exhibit space where war veterans are on hand to give tours, answer questions, or just to talk with the many visitors. In less than three years, the attraction has hosted 1 million visitors.
Other developments include a number of restaurants and cafes serving everything from stylish gourmet dishes to traditional Cajun favorites. The original Emeril’s was one of the first to call the district home over a decade ago. Now diners can enjoy South Louisiana cuisine at many of the neighborhood restaurants, fresh seafood at Peche, delicious sushi at Rock-n-Sake, and drinks and music at Howlin’ Wolf.
Warehouse District, CBD & South Market District
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