Metairie (Images of America)

Wigwam Village - 1940


Built in 1940, Wigwam Village No. 3, invited guests to “Eat & sleep in a wigwam” in a 1941 advertisement which included “THE MOST UNIQUE TOURIST HAVEN IN AMERICA – Quick Service and Courteous Treatment – E. A. Barielle, Prop.” It was located five miles from downtown New Orleans on Airline (probably between Transcontinental and Clearview). The Metairie Wigwam village included wigwam sleeping units, a restaurant and bar, an Esso service station, and a souvenir shop. It closed in 1954. It was one of seven Wigwam Motels designed by Frank Redford; the others were in Cave City, Kentucky (2 motel villages), in Birmingham, Alabama, near Orlando, Florida, in Holbrook, Arizona, and in San Bernadino, California. (Courtesy of the Jefferson Parish Yearly Review.)

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