Louisiana Division/City Archives   New Orleans Public Library

Image of the Month
May 2012

This photograph, looking up Royal Street towards the Sheraton-Charles Hotel, was taken by an unidentified photographer on or about June 20, 1961. The hotel, formerly the St. Charles Hotel, is no longer standing, having been demolished in 1973. Also gone is Solari's, at the corner of Royal and Iberville Streets (Mr. B's restaurant now occupies the ground floor space in the replacement building). Walgreen's, the Monteleone Hotel, and Hurwitz-Mintz are still there, but efforts to revitalize the old Astor (originally the Cosmopolitan) Hotel have thus far failed to gain government approval. Within a decade of this photograph, though, the city did permit the demolition of an even older, historic structure to make way for construction of the present-day high-rise Holiday Inn just across the street.

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