November 2019 update: The ferry is projected to be out of order for 7-8 weeks, so Algiers Point can only be accessed by car for now.
Situated on the west bank of the Mississippi River, a five-minute ferry ride away from the Vieux Carre, Algiers Point’s quaint assembly of Victorian homes, small businesses, levee paths, and downtown views have long enticed East Bank residents to cross over for a visit. Some stay for an afternoon; others put down roots, attracted to the neighborhood’s historic sites, affordable real estate, and low crime rates.
“Architecturally, it is stunning—like stepping back in time to the late 1800s,” said longtime Algiers Point resident and real estate agent Michael Verderosa, who has a master’s degree in architectural history from Tulane University.
Established in 1719 by French colonists and annexed by Orleans Parish in 1870, Algiers Point was a holding place for enslaved people in its early days. Later, shipbuilding, saw yards, dry docks and rail yards became its major industries. In 1895, a fire decimated Algiers Point, destroying many of its oldest buildings.
“The neighborhood ... was rebuilt over the next decade or two, primarily with Victorian or Craftsman-style architecture,” Verderosa said. “So when you get off the ferry and walk through the core of Algiers Point, you see a variety of mostly Victorian double shotguns and Craftsman shotguns and bungalows.”
Heading to the best bank (aka the West Bank)? Here’s an architectural walking tour of Algiers Point curated by Verderosa, who describes himself as the neighborhood’s “resident cheerleader.”Read More