The Lower Pontalba Buildings, 1910. In this view from the middle of Jackson Square Allison captured the grandeur of Madame de Pontalba's buildings during the last years of her family's ownership of the structures. In 1921 the Pontalba heirs sold the lower buildings (the St. Ann Street row) to William Radcliff Irby for $68,000. Irby willed the buildings to the Louisiana State Museum which has owned them ever since.
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