The Historic Swoop-Duggins House

House - Entire home/apt · Lafayette Street, New Orleans, LA 70113, United States

A 1600 sq ft modern loft in a historic mansion, this former bordello was built pre-1850 and has an open floor plan, all new appliances, and style. Enjoy walking to the French Quarter, grocery, all in your own penthouse loft on the top floor.

The Space

The Swoop-Duggins House (916 Lafayette Street) is part of the Upper Central Business District's, National Register Historic District, as well as the local Lafayette Square Historic District. At the end of the eighteenth century, the boundaries of New Orleans expanded upriver from the Vieux Carré when the land owned by Don Bertrand and Madame Gravier was divided into streets and city blocks by the Spanish Royal Surveyor, Carlos Trudeau.

The Swoop-Duggins House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Upper Central Business District Historic District on August 10, 1990, and was most likely built around or before 1850. The house is a three-story, three-bay, brick house with an attached two-story service wing; the loft is on the top floor and has it's own private entrance. The area is significant on a state level based on themes of Anglo-American architecture especially relating to residential townhouses. The interior plan of the main house features a stair hall and double rooms. These features, coupled with the extant service wing, show the traditional townhouse origins.

Guest Access

Washer and dryer are located in the loft.

Interaction with Guests

Because I live uptown, I will most probably only interact with guest only arrival and departure.

The Neighborhood

The neighborhood is incredible; downtown New Orleans is truly the most burgeoning neighborhood in the whole city. Enjoy free concerts in beautiful Lafayette Square Park just three blocks away, every Wednesday from Sept. 11 - Oct 30th and March - May.

You are in walking distance to the Superdome, the French Quarter, Harrah's Casino, and The Riverwalk. A few of my favorite restaurants/bars in walking distance are The Luck Rooster, Sainte Marie, and Capdeville for a great burger. Additionally, the nicest grocery store in the city is just a block away at the corner of Girod St and Baronne St.

The newly restored Civc Theater has just partnered with Bowery Presents, and has tons of great concerts all year long just a block away.

Getting around

The Swoop-Duggins House is located conveniently 3 blocks from the Amtrak Station, and there are 2 different street car lines within 3 blocks of the loft in each direction (one line heads uptown, and one line heads towards the French Quarter. But the fact that you're just a few blocks walk from the French Quarter is by far the best attribute to this loft.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Monthly Price: $4250 /month
Security Deposit: $300
Cleaning Fee: $15
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We couldn't have picked a better spot than Greg's beautiful loft! The location is close enough to everything yet just tucked away enough to be a great respite from all the action. Greg was the perfect host providing some excellent neighborhood tips. Look forward to coming back when he's got his downstairs bar & restaurant open!

    April 2014
  • The 3rd story flat is as good as it looks in the website pictures. We were close to the convention center and the quarter and never needed a cab. Greg is an experienced member of bnb and did everything needed to make our stay top notch. Not mentioned on the website is the fact that a quality grocery store, Rouses, opened recently right around the corner!

    Great place!

    March 2014
  • Our stay at the Swoop-Duggins house was great! Gregory was awesome and had lots of great ideas for places to see and things to do! The apartment was great in a quiet area and had lots of great character. It was fairly close to everything.The grocery store right behind the building is amazing!! We walked to the French Quarter and back and it did not seem all that far as the blocks are fairly small, at least from what I am used to. The fridge was stocked with all sorts of local beer and kitchen was very spacious. We would definitely stay again!

    March 2014
  • This place is IMPRESSIVE! Absolute golden. Great loft! Central business district. Close to the quarter, casino, Superdome, grocer, greyhound bus station and trolley.

    I arrived with a guest; I had rented the entire place and did not think to mention it to Gregory (my bad), so there was an additional charge per night for my guest, which set me back a bit. Being Canadian, I was deeply apologetic. My cousin also joined me later on in my stay and we worked it out. When i booked there wasn't stated an extra fee for guest, but i understood the awkwardness of my not having mentioned it to begin with and didn't mind paying the difference.

    The loft is ideal. Some reviews mention the fact that there is no door to the loft, but rest assured that there is a gate and door to the historical building itself on the side in which your entrance is situated. The floors below do not have access to the loft aside from Greg's office, so DO NOT WORRY! He is opening a Bar on the first level (it was under construction whilst i was there) and it does have doors connecting to your side, but they have been barricaded. I know because Gregory was kind enough to take me on a tour of his future venue. Good luck and i'm sincere in saying I will return for a drink!

    In saying that, the loft shook often, but I'm not sure if it was due to the construction downstairs or the construction of surrounding neighbourhood. The neighbourhood is IDEAL! I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH! And it seems that it is only getting better. i wasn't disrupted by the surrounding noise, but it is indeed there (but this is not permanent).

    I hope to return annually!

    I highly recommend Gregory and his listing.


    March 2014
    Gregory And Rachel
    Response from Gregory And Rachel:

    Thanks for the very kind review Justin. That being said, I just want everyone to know that what's opening up on the 1st floor (the loft is on the 3rd) is a very nice museum quality contemporary arts themed restaurant & craft cocktail establishment. I think saying that I'm opening a bar on the 1st floor gives out the wrong impression. All of our food will be seasonal and farm to table fresh, and on the cocktail side of things we'll be making our own bitters and will showcase quite a sophisticated ice program to match up with the appropriate cocktails. Additionally, all the major construction is complete. Regards, Greg

  • Great space and location!

    February 2014
  • Photos can't begin to represent this beautifully designed and comfortable apartment with an old-world feel. I've stayed in many apartments around the world - Greg has provided not only the basics, but all the creature comforts. Within a couple of blocks is a high-end grocery (Rouse's) with anything you could desire. Some of the top ten restaurants are also within a few blocks. The apartment is on the third floor of this quaint old building, which affords a bit of a view. The bed is comfy, the kitchen is well stocked, and there are plenty of comfy places to sit and relax. If you're lucky, you'll be able to stay here!

    February 2014
  • The SD house is a beautiful home. The location was perfect, close walking distance to all parts of the city. The apartment was clean, open and overall lovely. The fresh flowers and muffins were a cherry on top. We recommend to all!

    February 2014
  • Gregory was a pleasure to deal with! I thoroughly enjoyed his loft, and it was in a great location! Close to shopping, French Quarter, plenty of things to do nearby. And soon, a bar/restaurant right downstairs!

    January 2014
  • Gregory's place is fantastic. We walked everywhere or took the trolley, great location. Gregory met us upon arrival, showed us around and gave us some recommendations. Which were all spot on! We will stay there again if at all possible :)

    January 2014
  • Great Place, Great Host, Great City!!
    This place was really quite amazing…large, open, clean and centrally located. It exceeded all expectations. Greg was fantastic and really helped us out when we needed him…thank you Greg! We will see you soon.

    January 2014
    Gregory And Rachel
    Response from Gregory And Rachel:

    Had a great time with Stefan and Sarah. Would definitely host them again.

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Hello. Rachel and I were both born and raised in New Orleans, LA. We love live music, traveling, crawfish boils, the New Orleans Saints, contemporary art, tennis, triathlons, jogging in Audubon Park, reading, films, and coffee. I (Greg) have moved around a bit, with stints in London, Denver, and Pittsburgh. You'll see lots of contemporary art throughout the place if you end up staying. I went to school both here and in London, which I think has helped to shape me into the person I am today. We're recently married with our first on the way, and we have a dog named Madam who was rescued from the Louisiana SPCA.
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