The prestigious little community of Old Metairie, part of the vast suburban expanse of Metairie, the largest community in Jefferson Parish, is the first real suburb of New Orleans.
Today’s boundaries of what we call Old Metairie are generally said to be Airline Highway, Causeway Boulevard, Veterans Boulevard and the 17th Street Canal. Its commercial district, Metairie Road, filled with small shops, coffee houses and a specialty grocery, bisects the area, yet most of Old Metairie is primarily residential.
English Tudor, Mission Revival, Colonial Revival and Greek Revival are just some of the styles constructed in the years before World War II when a streetcar line ran along Metairie Road and encouraged development.
In addition to Metairie Country Club, Old Metairie is home to the New Orleans Country Club as well as two Roman Catholic parishes, St. Francis Xavier and St. Catherine of Siena.