A Lafayette City ordinance in 1847 proposed the building of the Magazine Market on a triangle formed
by Camp, Magazine and St. Mary Streets. It was designed by architect T.K Wharton and located in a triangular plot
surrounded by Sophie Wright Place, St. Mary Street, and Magazine. In Thomas K Wharton's journal in the 1853 he describes
the market and its surrounding area as such:
the "market in Magazine Street,which I found greatly improved since
last year.4 The stalls clean and
the whole house well arranged, and supply abundant,
excellent quality, plenty of game, venison, wild ducks and teal, very
and vegetables, tomatoes, green peas and okra, &c. &c. and
prices moderate. I took our new cook
with me and was pleased to
find that she understood the choice of meats, &c. which is an
quality and difficult to find among the Irish. My little boyand his nurse came a square or two to meet me.5 The streets around
here are so neat and quiet and spacious, and so many trees, and so
green grass, and then the gardens, that it is as good as the
country for him, and he really seems to enjoy
In 1853 the city attorney was directed to bring a final decision
pending claims of the heirs of M. Guillotte to the property known as Magazine Market. A court battle continued until
1856 when the Supreme Court ordered it to be sold -- but this was not done. By 1857 a proposal was made to discontinue
the plan for the market however, in 1858 a final compromise was reached.
In 1859 a proposed extension
would expand the market on the Camp Street side. By 1865 Magazine Market was considered a large new market valued
Thomas Carey was awarded the franchise from the city in 1879 for a period of 18 years
for the land between Napoleon Avenue and Berlin street.
By 1903 its value had dropped
In 1906 stall keepers, butchers and merchants petitioned the city for the addition of
Iron doors or gates. Soon afterward, in 1907 they asked for a skylight and iron barriers.
1931 the city accepted the bid by Sam Stone Jr. & Co. to rebuild Magazine Market.