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Louisiana Office of Tourism [2287IMG0039]

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

This famous New Orleans landmark was built sometime between 1788 and 1803. It is an example of the popular four-room cottage designed to comply with the building codes enacted after the disastrous fire of 1788, which destroyed most of the city. Similar cottages were common in Haiti and the French West Indies. The post-and-brick walls were originally covered with a layer of stucco to help fireproof the building. Folk history links the Haitian refugee pirate Jean Lafitte to the dwelling and also identifies Lafitte as the owner of a nearby blacksmith shop. George Washington Cable, the city's best-known literary artist of the Gilded Age, immortalized Lafitte's "blacksmith shop" in his fictional portrayals of Creole New Orleans.

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Image ID: 05_064
Title: Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith shop.
Location: Louisiana Office of Tourism [2287IMG0039]
Subjects: Creoles
Dwellings -- Design and construction
Dwellings -- Louisiana
Laffite, Jean
New Orleans (La.)

Keywords: Blacksmiths
Lafitte, Jean
New Orleans
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