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McDonoghville National Register Nomination

The City of Gretna was recently awarded funds from the National Park Service and Lt. Governor’s Office to assist with placing McDonoghville on the National Register of Historic Places.

McDonoghville is considered to be the oldest neighborhood in Jefferson Parish and among the oldest in the Greater New Orleans Region.  Even so, there is little comprehensive research regarding the community’s origins and evolution.  The National Register nomination process is a first step toward better understanding the neighborhood’s history.


Local vs. National Historic Districts

This designation will not add any regulatory burden on the neighborhood, but will allow for certain properties to take advantage of the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit.  During this process structures throughout the neighborhood will be surveyed to assess their contribution to the proposed National Register District. Check out THIS FACT SHEET to learn more about the differences between National Register Historic Districts and Local Historic Districts.

McDonoghville Structures Survey

The survey will document extant architectural resources within the McDonoghville area.  Surveyors will document things like window type, architectural style, approximate age, location and building function using the Louisiana Historic Resources Inventory form.  The data collected will provide clarity on the neighborhood building stock, documenting previously unaccounted for historic structures for posterity.

Survey Progress


Neighborhood History You Would Like to Share?

As we move forward, the City is beginning to compile a database of neighborhood history.  If you have information regarding the history of McDonoghville that you would like to share, please contact Matthew Martinec in the Mayor’s Office at or 504.363.1568.

The activity that is the subject of this report has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, through the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Office of Cultural Development, Division of Historic Preservation. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, or the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior.
This program receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, national origin, disabilities, religion, age, or sex in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N. W. ,Washington, D.C. 20240