In 1948, the St. Louis Cathedral published Joseph Carey's Saint Louis Cemetery Number One, Souvenir Booklet, which established a tour route of tombs, notable primarily for the people interred within.
Take your own tour by moving the mouse around the map to see the many different tombs and tombscapes.
Maps Past & Present
Historical maps combined with current survey information provides new understanding of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. The digital site map, tied to a relational database, provides a tremendous opportunity for site documentation, data display and analysis, treatment records, and long-term site management. Historic records, hand drawn cemetery plot maps, recent aerial photographs from the New Orleans City Commission, collected survey information, and field drawings were combined to create digital maps that fully document current conditions and features.
New Orleans cemetery ironwork, both wrought and cast, reflects a continuous sequence of decorative patterns favored by the city's nineteenth-century citizens. It is a visual exposition of individual tastes equal to those of tomb and sculptural designs. — Mary Louise Christovich, 1974
Metalwork Tour - Click on the Dark Aqua Tombs for More Details
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 contains several major types of tombs. Click on the legend blocks below to see definitions and examples of each type.
The tombs were built with soft hand-made clay bricks, then covered with a protective stucco layer and limewashed. Click on the legend blocks below for more information on building materials.
Round many of them are planted rose bushes and other flowering shrubs, some of which at this time were in full bearing and here and there were cedar and orange trees, which always retain their greenness. — A. Oakey Hall, 1852
Closure tablet information can utilized for genealogical research and to track tomb construction and styles over time. The map below shows the distribution of “first dates,” Tombs without dates remain in gray. (Also, see chart)
Almost yearly Yellow Fever epidemics drove the need for many new tombs in the early part of the nineteenth century. Growth and prosperity in the mid-nineteenth century drove the need for new tombs and upscale additions to existing tombs.
It is interesting to note that the clusters of tombs oriented 5 degrees east and west are situated parallel to the walls of the fortification of the early city.