The Broadmoor neighborhood, located in the heart of New Orleans, was originally a marsh and lake – a fishing spot for local residents – that connected to Bayou St. John by a stream. In the early twentieth century, canals and pump stations drained the swamps, creating opportunity for housing development, and the residential Broadmoor was born.
A stable community since the 1940s, when 50 percent of its homes were owner occupied, Broadmoor is located at the bottom of the ‘bowl’ of New Orleans. When levees failed during Hurricane Katrina, Broadmoor was flooded with up to ten feet of water and initial rebuilding plans considered redeveloping Broadmoor into a park. However, the spirit and determination of its residents has prevailed and the neighborhood has returned with admirable strength and camaraderie.
With a powerful community presence, spearheaded by the Broadmoor Improvement Association (founded in 1969) and the Annunciation Mission (formed post-Katrina), this neighborhood has repaired over 70 percent of its houses as of June 2008. Rebuilding Together New Orleans, since Katrina, has completed over fifty homes in the Broadmoor neighborhood. With double shotgun, Spanish and mission revival homes, this community is as architecturally diverse as it is ethnically and socioeconomically.
Please use the interactive Google Map below to view the boundaries of Broadmoor or see if your home is in our target neighborhood.
You can usually find the following architectural styles in this neighborhood.
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