Central Business District is also known as CBD. Before being known as the CBD it was known as Faubourg St. Marie or Faubourg Se. Marie or downtown.
This 5 star establishment has 324 guest rooms and known for its privacy to the rich and famous. Although it is a fine example of modern architecture, the Windsor Court is known for its 17th and 18th century antiques as well as fine period reproductions. Guest rooms feature original art and many offer guests a stunning view of the Mississippi River and/or the city’s skyline. A traditional Afternoon Tea is served daily and plays to the distinctive English influences of the hotel. Listen to the relaxing sounds of live chamber music as you sip your tea, but at night, get ready for some traditional New Orleans jazz in Le Salon.]
Consistently ranked on both the list of Top Hotels by Travel + Leisure Magazine and the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List, the Windsor Court is a magnet for celebrities. Notables who have stayed at the hotel include Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, President George W. Bush, Prince Albert of Monaco and Luciano Pavarotti. Guests of the hotel expect to be pampered in a luxurious atmosphere, yet the Windsor’s distinct location near the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, the shops and galleries on Royal Street and the traditional antebellum architecture of the Garden District make it the perfect starting point to see the best of New Orleans. They also have a $10 million dollar art collection which they love showing off.
Although the hotel did suffer damage during Hurricane Katrina, repairs have been made and business is thriving. Close proximity to the New Orleans Convention Center, the National D-Day museum, the Aquarium of the Americas and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art as well as attentive service and flawless facilities has made the Windsor Court a mainstay for tourists and businesspeople alike.
Visiting New Orleans and seeing the sights has been an easy task since the first half the 19th century when the streetcar made its appearance on the city’s streets. As an integral part of the city’s transportation system, New Orleans’ streetcar lines have a long history with the city. Long enough that one if its lines, the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, is known as the oldest, continuously operating railway system in the world.
The year was 1831 when planning for a New Orleans streetcar began. Services for the first line, the New Orleans and Carrollton Railroad, were launched in 1835, with passenger and freight cars being run by steam locomotive power. However, the noise and pollution caused by the locomotive became a problem as the area became more urbanized, prompting a change to cars pulled by horses and mules.
As the years went by, different systems were experimented with in order to find the most efficient means of mass transportation. Not until 1893 was the New Orleans and Carrollton Railroad electrified and bulk cars introduced several years later in the 1920s.
Today you’ll find three lines exist in New Orleans. There’s the St. Charles Avenue Line, the Riverfront Line and the Canal Street Line. Other lines have come and gone, most replace by bus service. However, preservationists have managed to protect the St. Charles Avenue line from future extinction by having it named as a historic landmark.
When Hurricane Katrina blew into town in August of 2005, all three streetcar lines were knocked out of commission. Many of the streetcars were damaged and had to be repaired before service was restored. In some cases, service did not start back up until two years after the hurricane hit.
The few remaining New Orleans streetcars offer a ride not to be missed. Riding through the streets of the city on a streetcar is the best way to see the city and envision how life, long ago, was lived in the Louisiana city.
Situated between Howard Avenue and Common, Rampart, Tchoupitoulas Streets is where you’ll find Faubourg St. Marie. Now a part of New Orleans’ Central Business District, Fabourg St. Marie was originally part of the Bienville plantation, owned by Jean Baptiste LeMoyne de Bienville.
Over the years, this parcel of land has been in the hands of many before becoming the possession of Betrand Gravier. After the great fire of 1788 in the French Quarter, Gravier had all his land divided, naming one portion of the land Faubourg St. Marie in memory of his deceased wife.
The Faubourg St. Marie, also known as the American Quarter, became a favorite of Americans after the Louisiana Purchase. The area’s largely Protestant community found nearby Christ Episcopal and First Presbyterian reasons for living in Faubourg St. Maries. With its rows of neatly manicured townhouses and nearby river, the area was considered one of the best addresses in New Orleans.
If you walk through the Faubourg St. Marie today, you’ll find much has changed. While many historical buildings have been preserved, many have been converted, used for a variety of different types of businesses. Business, governmental, educational and recreational activies abound in this area, where today visitors and citizens of New Orleans come to live, work and play.
During 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, Faubourge St. Marie was spared any great damage. The area is located on high ground, making it one of the few places in New Orleans realtively uneffected by the storm.
Steeped in history, the Faubourg St. Marie has seen its grounds go from plantation land to upscale residental parcels to the thriving Central Business District it is today. You’ll discover much of New Orleans past by walking the streets of the Faubourg St. Marie and seeing remenants of the past in its buildings and sights.