“The Historic New Orleans Collection is now offering a free, self-guided version of its Courtyards and Architecture Tour by iPod and cell phone.
Introduced in 2008, the latest permanent offering at The Collection uses the eight historic buildings and four courtyards of The Collection’s Royal Street complex to illustrate the urban history of the Vieux Carré. Two of the featured structures—the Louis Adam House (1788) and the Merieult House (1792)—are among the oldest properties in the French Quarter. The tour explores the distinguishing characteristics of Spanish colonial, Creole, and American architectural styles; the evolution of French Quarter architecture; and the people who influenced the neighborhood’s development.
To experience the self-guided options, individuals can download the tour to their iPods through The Collection’s website (see “Podcasts” under the “Interact” link) and through iTunes (search for “New Orleans History” under “Podcasts”). iPods are also available for on-site use in the Orientation Center at 533 Royal Street. For the tour via cell phone, call (504) 799-0178 to be guided along Royal and Toulouse Streets. Building-specific codes are provided at the entrances to the Merieult House (533 Royal Street), the Townhouse (714 Toulouse Street), the Williams Residence (718 Toulouse Street), the Louis Adam House (722 Toulouse Street), and the Creole Cottage (726–28 Toulouse Street).
Of course, patrons are still welcome to take the tour with one of our docents. Guided tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per person or free for members of The Collection.”