The two-story building borders The Collections main courtyard and is named for the banking activities conducted by the Lizardi firm on this site in the 19th century.
It originally built as a warehouse by Jean Franois Merieult in 179495.
In 1792, Jean Franois Merieult, a prosperous merchant and trader, purchased the property on Royal Street and began construction on the building that would survive the fire of 1794.
Merieults Spanish colonial house was remodeled in the 1830s by the Cuban firm of Lizardi Brothers, commission merchants and international bankers.
The largest and most elaborate parades take place the last five days of the Mardi Gras season.
In the final week, many events occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities, including parades and balls (some of them masquerade balls).
Across the courtyard from the Counting House, the three-story Maisonette features wooden galleries and railings.
This service wing, situated on Merieults original purchase, was constructed over an earlier structure that was built at the same time as the Merieult House in the 1790s.In the 1970s, the house was restored to its original Spanish colonial style to include a wood gallery and high-pitched, tiled roof.In the 1930s, it was opened to boarders and for a short time a young playwright, Tennessee Williams, lived high up in a garret room, which you can tour today.Celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday (the start of lent in the Western Christian tradition).Usually there is one major parade each day (weather permitting); many days have several large parades. Tours of the history galleries and the Williams Residence are at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m., Groups of eight or more require a reservation.