BRIEF HISTORY OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD:
"HOW IT ALL STARTED…
August 30, 1803 -The purchase of the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon Bonaparte of France by the United States.
February 11, 1825 – State of Louisiana officially created the Parish of Jefferson.
1830 – 6,846 – Official population of the East and West banks of Jefferson Parish.
HENRI BONNABEL 1800- 1854
Henri Bonnabel, a wealthy chemist from Paris, France arrived in New Orleans on December 1, 1825 at the age of 25. He opened a pharmacy at Natchez and Tchoupitoulas streets and soon became one of the leading pharmacists in the south.
On September 28, 1836 he purchased from Hypolite deCourval land in suburb Metairie situated in Jefferson Parish, two leagues from the City of New Orleans, eleven arpents in width at the river extending to the lake.
He then collaborated with a French engineer, J.A. D’Hemecourt, to lay out a town on the crest of Metairie Ridge and named it Bath #1 (named after a town in England on the Avon river) which is presently Bonnabel Place Subdivision.
In 1854 during a scientific expedition in southern Asia he contracted a fever, returned to Paris and died at the age of 54.
ALFRED BONNABEL 1840-1921
Alfred Bonnabel, born in 1840 and one of Henri’s nine children, began in 1914 through 1916, subdividing the Bonnabel tract into subdivisions called Bonnabel Place and Old Homestead, the first residential areas in Metairie. He died in 1921 at the age of 81.
ALFRED E. BONNABEL 1874-1951
Alfred E. Bonnabel, born in 1874 and one of Alfred Bonnabel’s four children, became a surveyor and was commissioned by the State of Louisiana as Surveyor Of Jefferson Parish. He officially surveyed the land Alfred had converted into subdivisions Bonnabel Place and Old Homestead. His wife, Luella, interested in mythological, historical and literary figures, led her to name some of the present streets in Bonnabel Place as follows reading from the east;
From Greek mythology Phosphor (the Morning Star), Aurora (Goddess of Dawn), Orion (Constellation), Helois (Sun God) and Hesper (Evening Star). Streets south to north. Homer, Hesoid (Greek poets), Socrates, presently I-10 Service Road North (Greek philosopher), Demosthenes (Greek orator), Pomona (Roman goddess), Feronia (Goddess of bountiful harvest), Nero, Claudius and Caesar, presently West Esplanade (Roman Emperors). Where else can an area make claim to such a unique street titles?
Alfred Bonnabel died in 1951 at the age of 77 and was survived by 9 children. He, his father and grandfather left an indelible history of our subdivision that makes us unique to other populous areas in Southern Louisiana. We are proud to call it home."
- Information and left images courtesy of the Bonnabel Civic Association: http://bonnabel.org/about-us/bonnabel-place-history/