The majority of the 8th Ward remained under-developed until improved drainage systems were put into place at the beginning of the 20th century. Along the lake in this ward, the Pontchartrain Railroad ran for almost 100 years. Today, the ward houses landmarks like Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in the St. Roch neighborhood.
After visiting this historic church, travel just a few blocks to the Venusian Gardens (pictured above). The Gardens is another historic church, but converted into a fine art gallery that features luminous art and sculpture.
Our Lady Star of the Sea Church: 1835 St Roch Avenue
Venusian Gardens: 2601 Chartres Street