St Vincent’s Infant Asylum

Historic Building

in Garden, Lower Garden & Central City

This large red-brick orphanage was built in 1864 with assistance from federal troops occupying the city. It helped relieve the overcrowded orphanages filled with youngsters of all races who had lost their parents to epidemics and the Civil War. The orphanage is a guesthouse these days (not recommended), and can be visited on a two-hour tour with the tour company French Quarter Phantoms.