This Italianate, two-story brick townhouse, built in 1889 and restored by General L. Kemper and Leila Williams in the 1940s, is a house museum that reflects the elegant mid-20th-century lifestyle of the owners. Tucked away behind the Merieult House at the end of a classic French Quarter courtyard, the Williams Residence is filled with antiques and other objets d’art collected by the couple in their wide travels. The Williamses moved into the house in 1946 and lived there until 1964. During those years the couple collected materials that eventually formed the basis of The Historic New Orleans Collection. Established as a museum in 1973, the Williams Residence is the only French Quarter house open to the public with original furnishings. The tour includes a walk through the Williamses’ lush, beautifully landscaped French Quarter courtyards.

Daily Public Tours (docent-led)
Tour: 45 minutes
Tuesday–Saturday; 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m
Tours begin at 533 Royal Street.
$5 per person; groups of eight or more should contact Lori Boyer, (504) 598-7145;

Group Tours Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
To arrange, contact Lori Boyer for reservations, (504) 598-7145;

Entertaining with the Williamses
The Williamses’ social and civic responsibilities required that they entertain frequently—an endeavor they undertook with style.