Musson Bell House at 1331 Third Street, is a Greek Revival/Italianate mansion. It was built in 1853 for Michel Musson, one of the few French Creoles living in the Garden District before the Civil War. He was a successful cotton merchant, New Orleans postmaster and the uncle of the French artist Edgar Degas. After the Civil War dealt Musson’s fortunes a severe blow, he sold this house and moved his family to Esplanade Avenue where Degas briefly lived with him.
The original design of the house is attributed to James Gallier, Sr., but the facade has been altered. The cast iron gallery is an 1884 replacement and the facade originally had two front bays.
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September 7th, 2018
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