The Pitot House is a typical West Indies-style plantation home, restored and furnished with early-19th-century Louisiana and American antiques. Dating from 1799, it originally stood where the nearby modern Catholic school is. In 1810 it became the home of James Pitot, the first mayor of incorporated New Orleans (he served 1804-05). Fortunately, despite overlooking the bayou, the house didn't take on any water after Katrina. It did have some storm damage, mostly a column and some shutters that needed to be replaced, not to mention the loss of some plants, but nothing that affects the visitor's experience. Tours here are usually given by a most knowledgeable docent and are surprisingly interesting and informative.
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