This year marks the 100th anniversary of the loss of a local landmark, which was particularly connected to Carnival history: the French Opera House. Built at Bourbon and Toulouse Streets in 1859, it was the center of the city’s cultural life for more than 60 years.
Designed by architect James Gallier, Jr., the opera featured seating for more than 2,000. Comus, Proteus, Twelfth Night Revelers, Momus and other krewes held many Carnival balls there.
The building was destroyed by fire on Dec. 4, 1919. The site is now home to the Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter hotel.
– Dominic Massa, WWL-TV