Gen. Kemper and Leila Williams, the founders of The Historic New Orleans Collection, were committed to preserving the French Quarter's unique structures. Carrying on their preservationist mission, THNOC has continued to restore significant Vieux Carré buildings and maintain them for future generations. In their varied origins and plans, the buildings that house The Collection’s galleries and research center reflect several eras of New Orleans architecture.
The Historic New Orleans Collection was originally housed in our buildings on Royal Street, which now house the Louisiana History Galleries, the Williams Gallery, The Shop at the Collection, and administrative offices.
The Williams Research Center, the Boyd Cruise Gallery, the Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art, and administrative offices are located on Chartres Street.