Located in the French Quarter area and forming two sides of the famous Jackson Square in New Orleans, the Pontalba Buildings is a major landmark. The buildings was listed as a National Historic Landmark on May 30, 1974.
It was a known story that the Baroness Micaela Almonester Pontalba had these buildings constructed as she came home from France on a land area that she inherited from her ancestors. The matching red brick block buildings that are 4 stories tall was completed in the 1840s. The entire ground floor is made up of shops and restaurants and the upper floors are converted to apartments. The entire building and its commercial and residential spaces are known to be the oldest of its rental kind in the United States.