BUY SUBURB LAND AT NEW ORLEANS
- Christian Science Monitor -
Feb 1, 1909
NEW ORLEANS--Two well-known
real estate men here have just paid $175000 for a tract of land on Gentilly road, about four miles from the business section
of the city, with the purpose of transforming it into a fashionable residential quarter.
development began in Gentilly Terrace, a neighborhood of impressive homes on the lake side of Gentilly Boulevard bounded by
St. Roch and Franklin Avenues. The homes were all the more beautiful by being built up high upon the terraced lots. Edward
Lafaye, Colonel R. E. Edgar De Montluzin and Michael Baccich were instrumental in its development. De Montluzin also purchased
the Michoud lands in 1923, and these 32,000 acres were sold in 1959 to New Orleans East, Inc. Across Gentilly Boulevard to
the south were the neighborhoods of Edgewood Park (with streets named for flowers and trees) and Forest Park (with streets
with Indian names).
in developing the Gentilly area of New Orleans begins. Gentilly is on fairly high ground and has natural drainage and ready
access by way of the Pontchartrain Railroad. Gentilly Terrace is planned by the real state firm of M.A. Baccich and R. E.
E. de Montluzin so that homes are built on small hills and businesses are restricted to commercial blocks. The area does not
see substantial growth until 1935.