Established in 1719 and largely unchanged for 100 years, the Point—the neighborhood near the ferry—is a network of small streets lined with charming houses in an array of architectural styles. A fire destroyed much of the area in 1895, and in the 1970s it was named to the National Registry of Historic Places. Streets reflect the family names of 18th-century New Orleans gentry along with the first names of their daughters—Eliza, Alix, etc.
Landmarks and points of interest include the Jazz Walk of Fame—directly to the right of the ferry landing—featuring light poles dedicated to many of the city’s jazz greats; the circa-1896 Algiers courthouse, with its combination of Moorish and Romanesque architectural elements; Holy Name of Mary Church, an enormous Gothic cathedral with a clock tower and stunning stained glass; and Rosetree Blown Glass Studio & Gallery, located in a restored 1930s art deco theater. Two blocks past the Point at the levee and Leboeuf Street, you’ll discover the Algiers Folk Art Zone & Blues Museum, home to self-taught artist Charles Gillam.
Grab a bite at one of the neighborhood cafés, tip a pint at the British-themed Crown & Anchor Pub or catch a band at the Old Point Bar, one of the city’s best-kept live music secrets. Music lovers should also check out the free Wednesdays on the Point concert series, which takes place along the levee each fall.
Other annual events include Friendship Day, a neighborhood block party held on the Sunday prior to St. Patrick’s Day in front of the Old Point Bar, an October tour of homes and a holiday bonfire along the Mississippi riverfront in early December.