Marie de Hoa LeBlanc and her sister Emilie were both born at this house on 1225 Chartres Street. The home belonged to their great great grandfather and their grandmother had been born there. Situated in the heart of the French Quarter, this residence afforded the traditional setting of a courtyard entrance encircled by three stories of rooms. The photograph at the left shows how the house may have looked ca. 1900.
In their youth, the 1870s and 1880s, the French Quarter itself offered an education. New Orleans at this time was the largest city in the South; emigrants from many countries still sought out the sites of the old French speaking district. Boarding houses, restaurants, and shops, as well as the French Opera House offered lively places for hearing many different languages. Old Creole families like their own spoke French at home. The sisters worshipped at St. Mary's Italian Church, just down the street at 1114 Chartres. Marie also sang in the choir at St. Louis Cathedral.