Louisiana Landmarks Society

Pitot House

One of the few colonial West Indies style houses left in Louisiana, the circa 1799 Pitot House features a parterre garden reminiscent of the 19th century. Visit our historic house museum or plan your special occasion at our home on Bayou St. John in New Orleans.


Explore the Pitot House

Educational Resources and Field Trips





Regular Pitot House Museum and Gift Shop Hours:
Wed. - Sat. 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Appointments requested for groups of 10 or more

  • Last tour begins no later than 2:30pm 

Upcoming Closures:
July 1 - 15, 2019

Closed for annual maintenance.

$10 Regular Admission
$7 Students, Seniors (65+), and National Trust Members
FREE for Louisiana Landmarks Society Members 



Experience early Louisiana at its best and see the Pitot House on your next visit to New Orleans! 

TOURS OFFERED Wednesday to Saturdays
from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
Last tour begins no later than 2:30pm



Built in 1799 on historic Bayou St. John, the Pitot House is a witness to centuries of New Orleans history. Families thrived in this house, the Cabrini Sisters used it as a convent, and preservationists have loved it for all of its historical context and architectural beauty. The Pitot House is the only Creole colonial country house that is open to the public in New Orleans. It tells the story of life along the bayou since the earliest days of settlement. The Pitot House has had a variety of owners from prominent lawyers to austere nuns. One of the most prominent was James Pitot, the first mayor of New Orleans after the city's incorporation who lived here from 1810-1819. The Pitot House is a National Trust for Historic Preservation Partner Place.

In 1964, the Pitot House was moved in order to save it from demolition. Learn more about the house move here. After this, the Louisiana Landmarks Society painstakingly restored the house, with its stucco-covered, brick-between-post construction and double-pitched hipped roof, to the time period of James Pitot's habitation.  The house has been furnished with Louisiana and American antiques that date from the early 1800s through mid-nineteenth century.  Today, the Louisiana Landmarks Society uses the house as its headquarters, opens it for tours, and rents out the lawn and gardens for special events.

Click here to view the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) drawings of the Pitot House.



Wedding and Event RentaL

The 10,000 square foot side yard is the perfect outdoor spot for almost any occasion — weddings, receptions, dinners, cocktail parties, or any special occasion, up to 300 guests. Your guests can enjoy the lovely gardens and view of Bayou St. John at one of the oldest residences in New Orleans.


The Pitot House is conveniently located within walking distance of the Canal Streetcar, near City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Also nearby is the Lafitte Greenway, which connects cyclists from the French Quarter to the heart of Mid-City on Bayou St. John.  

Via car
From Interstate 10, take the Orleans exit or the City Park Ave. exit. The Pitot House is one block from the intersection of Carrollton Ave. and Esplanade Ave. Parking is available on Moss Street.

Via Canal Streetcar
Take the Canal streetcar labeled Carrollton Spur headed north (away from the river). Ride until you reach the terminus at Beauregard Circle (by City Park and NOMA). Cross Bayou St. John and turn right at Moss Street. The Pitot House is one block down on your left.

Via the Esplanade bus
Take the bus headed north and disembark at Moss St. Cross Esplanade and continue down Moss St. for one block. The Pitot House is on your left.