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Francois Correjolles was born in Baltimore to parents who had sought refuge there from the 1791 Revolution in St. Domingue (now Haiti). Correjolles’ upbringing  greatly influenced the architecture of the house; he was in fact one of the first native-born Americans to achieve success as an architect in New Orleans, and his work consistently reflects the American influences on local Creole architecture.

Like Correjolles, Joseph Essau LeCarpentier moved to New Orleans from Haiti. Eager to display his wealth earned as an auctioneer in this new city, LeCarpentier had the house built. It worked, for not long after LeCarpentier moved in, the house was the scene of the marriage of his daughter, Louise Therese Felicite Thelcide LeCarpentier, to Michel Alonzo Morphy, a prominent attorney and, from 1839-1846, a judge on the Louisiana Supreme Court. The LeCarpentier family lived in the house from 1826-1833 before selling it to the Merle family.

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