An update to the Capuchin Garden

Back in February of this year, I hope you enjoyed the post on how Frére Gerard built his kitchen garden or potager. Ongoing research has provided some new more accurate information. So please accept this updated information with new more accurate dates and an excerpt of the 1731 map of New Orleans showing the garden behind the Capuchin residence.


“Finally, on February 27, 1725, de la Chaise notified the Directors … that work on the house for the Capuchin fathers had been started and the framework was already set up by that date. {Fr. Raphael to Capuchin Superior in September of 1725), “We have here as yet neither church nor parsonage,”.

“By the early part of 1726, the Capuchin’s house was completed and they occupied it, …”

Baudier, Roger. The Catholic Church in Louisiana. New Orleans: A.W. Hyatt Stationery Mfg. Co. Ltd., 1939. pp. 81-83.

The works of Baudier and Vogel  (see bibliography) have provided the following time frame for the construction of the first Capuchin residence.

1722:  A three room shack (presumably near the river) wherein the kitchen and the chapel are the same room.

1723/4 The barracks next to the square, larger quarters?? a separate kitchen???

1726: (Christmas, 1725; Author) The Capuchin Presbytère, occupying the corner of Chartres and St. Ann; 1722 plan and 1731 map indicates that the Presbytere space occupied the whole square – Chartres, St. Ann, Royal, and Orleans.

Frére Gerard's REAL Potager

Presbytere square immediately to the right of church. Garden behind (north) Presbytere.

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About Jerry Laiche

Jon (Jerry) Laiche, B.A., M.A. is a  working historian, writer, and co-author of “1718: The Petticoat Rebellion Cookbook.”  He is a twenty-year veteran teacher and scholar, having taught courses in Louisiana, American, and World History, and is a member of the Historic New Orleans Collection. In addition to his background as an historian, he has taught Religion in the High Schools of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and was adjunct professor of Computer Ethics and Internet Technology at Tulane University.  In addition to his academic duties, Jerry has served his schools as a technology coordinator, network administrator, librarian, and Internet guru.  During his teaching tenure, Jerry also was the recipient of two grants from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.  The grants enabled his school to establish the first High School Women’s Studies program in New Orleans.  He was the founding Director of the Archdiocesan Teacher Learning Center (Computers in the Classroom).  For three years, he owned and operated “The Philosopher’s Stone” a bookstore on the Northshore specializing in rare and antiquarian volumes.  With his smart and beautiful wife, Beth, he currently coordinates the “1718 Project” to commemorate the 2018 New Orleans Tri-Centennial.  He and his life partner currently live at Beltane Grove, one acre and a cottage, 30 miles north of New Orleans’ Lake Pontchartrain. (Rev. Samhain: Oct. 31, 2018) Home Office: (985) 795-2372 Primum est Edare, diendi Philosophari