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A Legacy of Elegance

WWL-TV Special Projects Collection



Genre: Special, Documentary

Place Covered: New Orleans Region, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Department of State

Date Issued: Circa 1970

Duration: 00:25:45

Subjects: Chartres Street (New Orleans, La.) | St. Louise Street (New Orleans, La.) | Royal Street (New Orleans, La.) | FRENCH QUARTER | Casa Quinones (New Orleans, La.) | Degas House (New Orleans, La.) | Forstall House (New Orleans, La.) | Gallier House (New Orleans, La.) | Gallier, James Jr., 1827-1868 | Forstall, Edmond | Forstall, Daphne | Thomas, Lawrence | Sauvinet, Joseph | Lafitte, Jean | Degas, Edgar, 1834-1917 | Musson, Michel | Quinones, Don Estevan | Boggs, Lindy, 1916-2013 | Bourbon Street (New Orleans, La.) | Esplanade Avenue (New Orleans, La.)


  • Johnson, Phil Narrator
  • Johnson, Phil Writer
  • Tolhurst, Jim Photographer
  • Tolhurst, Jim Editor


A Legacy of Elegance, A WWL-TV Special Project narrated by Phil Johnson, explores several grand houses in the French Quarter, including: Casa Quinones on Bourbon Street, built by Don Estevan de Quinones and owned by Lindy Boggs; a house bought by Michel Musson, uncle of Edgar Degas, for his daughter who married Degas' cousin; The Thomas House on Chartres Street, restored by Lawrence Thomas and formerly owned by Joseph Sauvinet, lawyer of Jean Lafitte; the Forstall House on St. Louise Street, home of Edmond and Daphne Forstall; and the Gallier House on Royal Street, built by architect James Gallier, Jr.