Gallier, James, sen.

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Gallier, James, sen. (1798–1868). Irish-born architect, he designed the ‘Chinese Bridge’ at Godmanchester, near Huntingdon, England (1827), and several houses in South Street, Mayfair, London, before emigrating to the USA in 1832 where he worked for a while in NYC, formed a short-lived partnership with Minard Lafever, and published The American Builder's General Price Book and Estimator (1833). He settled in New Orleans in 1834, in partnership with Charles Bingley Dakin, (1811–39—joined the following year by James Harrison Dakin), and established a successful practice, designing many important buildings, all in a Greek Revival style. The partnership broke up in 1836, and Gallier continued on his own, designing the City Hall, New Orleans, LA. (1845–50), a handsome building with a Greek Ionic portico. He published his autobiography in 1864.


Christovich et al. (1972–7);
Colvin (1995);
Gallier (1973)