JOIN US THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6TH 5:00-7:00 P.M. at THE UPPER PONTALBA ON SAINT PETER STREET!
Micaela Leonarda Antonia Almonester y Rojas, Baroness de Pontalba (November 6, 1795- April 20, 1874) was a wealthy New Orleans-born aristocrat, businesswoman and real estate developer and responsible for the gorgeous residential and commercial Upper and Lower Pontalba buildings that flank Jackson Square.
The French Market District is the operator/landlord for the Upper Pontalba Building (Decatur Street, Saint Peter Street, and Chartres Street) and is starting a new tradition of honoring the building’s namesake by hosting a birthday party in her honor. We encourage attendees to come in costume…period dress or just fun birthday party attire!!
We will have live opera music by New Orleans Opera Association, re-enacting some scenes from Jenny Lind’s 1848 Upper Pontalba performance; members of LOUISIANA HISTORY ALIVE portraying the Baroness and others from her era, with the Baroness herself performing a monologue; copies of Professor Christina Vella’s biography INTIMATE ENEMIES for sale and for raffle with purchase from Shops at the Upper Pontalba; and petit fours and drinks for guests!
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
(But we do encourage you to shop….it’s what the Baroness would have wanted…)
Let’s party like it’s 1874!!!