"Old Spanish Stable"
716-724 Governor Nicholls Street
The lots at 716-724 Governor Nicholls Street (originally called "Hospital Street") have seen many uses over the past 200 years.  An engine house was erected in 1809 at 721-723, housing the Neptune Fire Company.  Architect Henry Latrobe, son of Benjamin Latrobe, designed a home for Jean Baptiste Thierry, founder and publisher of Le Courier de la Louisiane, at 721 in 1814.  In 1835, the building that's come to be known as the "Spanish Stable" was constructed by Francis Gallier Preval and used as a blacksmith shop and livery stable. The buildings on the property underwent restoration in the 1960's and were turned into upscale apartments by Clay Shaw.  One of these structures continues to be known as the "Old Spanish Stable" - even though the Spanish had been out of power for more than thirty years when it was constructed.
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