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The Southern Railway Freight Office was constructed in 1904 by the Southern Railway at the corner of Basin Street and Saint Louis Street. The site was located just outside the original city in an area that was considered useless swampy land. The station was also used by the New Orleans Terminal Company. The railroad vacated the building in 1975 and it sat empty for many years. The Valentino Family purchased the building and began renovation in 2004. The front of the building retained station's 1904 classic architecture. The building now houses offices for their hotel business as well as several other tenants.


  • Southern Railway Freight Office as it looks today
  • Circa 1920-1921 ad for the Southern Railway Freight Office
  • Southern Railway Freight Office in 1981. Courtesy of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, J. Parker Lamb Collection: Group Four
  • Southern Railway Freight Office in 1950. Courtesy of the Alexander Allison's New Orleans, Louisiana Division, New Orleans Public Library