Place Congo: Armstrong Park Tour
Armstrong Park developed around Congo Square, where enslaved Africans and their descendants brought their traditions of music and dance to New Orleans, and from here to the rest of the country.
The other pins on this tour indicate sites on the street grid of the neighborhood that predated the park. Globe Hall was at the corner of St. Peter and St. Claude, hosting concerts as early as the mid-1800s. The Gypsy Tea Room, a swanky nightclub, was on St. Ann and Villere Street.
The San Jacinto Club, a community center as well as music venue, was on Dumaine Street. A couple of blocks closer to the river, Perseverance Masonic Lodge No. 4 was at the corner of St. Claude and Dumaine, a corner made famous by Professor Longhair in the song “Go To the Mardi Gras.” Nearby is the building that housed radio station WWOZ’s studio.
The Caldonia Inn on the corner of St. Philip and St. Claude was razed to make way for a “cultural center” that never materialized, despite being culturally vital in its own right.