The Gentilly neighborhood spans a large area on the northeast side of New Orleans. It is bounded by City Park to the west, the Industrial Canal to the east, I-610 to the south, and Lake Pontchartrain to the north. Gentilly is a collection of sub-neighborhoods including Filmore, Milneberg, Lake Terrace/Lake Oaks, St. Anthony, Gentilly Terrace, Dillard, Gentilly Woods, and Pontchartrain Park.
While they collectively form Gentilly, each sub-neighborhood has a unique history and culture. Gentilly Terrace, planned in 1909 and built largely between the 1910s and 1940s, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Architecture in this district includes craftsman bungalows, Tudor cottages, and Mediterranean Revival style homes. Pontchartrain Park is recognized as one of the first African American suburbs in the US. At the center of the neighborhood is the Joseph M. Bartholomew Golf Course, named for the African-American golf pro who designed it.
Gentilly is known for a number of green spaces, including golf courses, parks, and the campuses of three universities: Dillard University, Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) and The University of New Orleans (UNO). The oldest of the three, Dillard University, was founded in 1930 when two local schools (Straight University and New Orleans University) combined. SUNO is an extension of campus of Southern University located in Baton Rouge, which is a historically African-American school. UNO, with its campus on the lakeshore, recently celebrated its 50th year in operation.
Much of Gentilly was badly damaged when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. Levees along the London Avenue Canal broke during the storm, creating massive flood damage in the low-lying areas of the neighborhood. With a high homeownership rate, many residents of Gentilly have since returned to their homes, restoring, rebuilding, and in some cases raising houses on piers to protect them against future flood damage. Neighborhood associations like Gentilly Civic Improvement Association (for the greater Gentilly area), Pontchartrain Park Neighborhood Association and Gentilly Terrace Neighborhood Association, have played a pivotal role in these revitalization efforts and act as a resource for new and returning homeowners.
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You can usually find the following architectural styles in this neighborhood.
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