Esplanade Ridge & Tremé

Treme House

Tremé was named after Claude Tremé who migrated from Sauvigny Burgundy, France in 1783 and settled in New Orleans making hats and developing real estate. By 1791, Tremé owned a small portion of the area that bares his name and sold the majority of his property to free people of color including Haitian immigrants fleeing the revolution. The neighborhood is not only America’s oldest black neighborhood but was the site of significant economic, cultural, political, social and legal events that have shaped the course of events in black America for the past three centuries.

After Hurricane Katrina, this portion of the city sustained approximately 3-6 feet of water and it took two weeks before residents were able to return to the city. Once back, residents found their properties were damaged by strong winds, fire and vandalism. Residents of Tremé got right to work rebuilding and assisting neighbors in the rebuilding of their homes. These collaborative neighborhood efforts were the key driving force behind the Tremé neighborhood’s sixty-percent homeowner return rate post- Hurricane Katrina.

Tremé is geographically bounded by North Rampart, North Broad, Canal Street and St. Bernard Avenue. It remains an important center of the city’s African American and Creole culture. The neighborhood’s architectural styles included Creole cottages, townhouses and double shotgun homes. Area residents are working citizens – proud of being associated with their neighborhood social clubs where famous musicians like Kermit Ruffins, the Rebirth Brass Band and the Tremé Olympic Brass Band have performed at local joints like Joe’s Cozy Corner. After Hurricane Katrina, many of these acts can still be found performing at Sidney’s Salon.

Throughout the Tremé neighborhood you will find museums (Backstreet), restaurants (Wing Shack) , schools (Craig) and parks( Congo Square). The most famous park in Tremé is dedicated to Louis Armstrong, native son of New Orleans and Jazz legend. Congo Square contains the New Orleans Municipal Auditorium, Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts and New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park which hosted the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival commonly known as Jazzfest. The neighborhood is also currently being highlighted by HBO’s “The Wire” creator, David Simon in a new drama series named “Tremé”. Filming will take place in New Orleans and will focus on several residents of the neighborhood who are trying to get by in the still-rebuilding city. The series will consist of two New Orleans’ natives: actor Wendell Pierce and Co-creator Eric Overmeyer.

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