James Gallier Jr. was an Irish immigrant, born in New Orleans. His father came from Ireland and established a successful architecture firm in New York City and then New Orleans. James Gallier Jr. took over the business, catering mostly to Creole clients and businesses. His most beautiful contribution was the French Opera House, built in 1859. This became the central hub of Creole culture and entertainment in New Orleans in the second half of the 19th century. Tragically, it burned to the ground in 1919.
The Gallier House is a humble home in comparison but it's remarkable in its architectural innovations. With a skylight, flushing toilet, and removable closets, the house displayed cutting edge technology. Built in 1857, James Gallier Jr died at age 40, just 11 years later. In this house. As well as his sister in law. To this day, there are employees who refuse to be alone in the home because of undeniable presence of spirits.