New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park in New Orleans
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park is a U.S. National Historical Park in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana, near the French Quarter. It was created in 1994 to celebrate the origins and evolution of jazz, America’s most widely-recognized genre of music.
The park consists of 4 acre within Louis Armstrong Park leased by the National Park Service. The park has an office, visitors center, and concert venue several blocks away in the French Quarter. It provides a setting to share the cultural history of the people and places that helped shape the development and progression of jazz in New Orleans. The park preserves information and resources associated with the origins and early development of jazz through interpretive techniques designed to educate and entertain.
Perseverance Hall No. 4
The centerpiece of the site is Perseverance Hall No. 4. Originally a Masonic Lodge, it was built between 1819 and 1820, making it the oldest Masonic temple in Louisiana.
Perseverance Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 2, 1973. The entire National Historical Park was administratively listed on the Register on the date of its authorization, October 31, 1994.
- The National Parks: Index 2001–2003. Washington: U.S. Department of the Interior
- Official NPS website
- Archived NPS website, with more information about the structures and history of the park
- New Orleans Jazz NHP - Evolution of the Jazz Complex, a 2001 article from Vol. 24, No. 2 of the NPS Cultural Resource Management magazine