When the Colored Knights of the Pythias first built it in 1908, The Pythian immediately played an integral part in New Orleans early civil rights movement. It towered over the surrounding neighborhood and became a center of the African American community: hosting businesses and local organizations, a theater, and a rooftop garden featuring live jazz.
A building that was masked for decades, the front facade of the Pythian has been restored to match it’s 1908 appearance, and the back mirrors the 1961 appearance. The Pythian is now a mixed used development featuring offices, 69 apartments, and the vibrant Pythian Market. With its historic roots in mind, the return of the Pythian aims to once again, be a place where people come together to celebrate community, the thriving local culture, special occasions, and the arts.
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