Adventures written by the VAMONDE Team
A Federal Style mansion in New Orleans’s French Quarter, the Hermann–Grima House is a testament to both Antebellum culture and the impact the titular families have made on the history of New Orleans. The mansion was constructed in 1831 and was purchased by the Hermann family, a family of immigrants from Germany who came to America and built their fortune on brokering mortgages and real estate. The Hermann family’s prosperity came to an abrupt end when the crash of the English cotton market sent the global economy into a panic. Having lost their fortune and no longer able to afford the home, they were forced to sell it to the son of a Maltese immigrant named Felix Grima. Felix Grima was a graduate from a New Orleans university that emphasized studying the classics, and, as a result, he and his family were well learned. Many of their books fill the house to this day in fact. When they lived in the Hermann-Grima House, the Grima family was a major part of New Orleans social life. Both of these families represent the history of New Orleans and its place as a melting pot of cultures as well as its opulence during the Antebellum period.
Today, the Hermann-Grima House is used as a museum to teach the history of not only the two families it is named after, but the Antebellum period as a whole. The house contains Grima’s book collection, countless paintings, and contains the French Quarter’s only intact stable from the time period. Tickets are $15 per adult.
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