Here are two photos of the house where Morphy lived and died. His father bought this house in 1841 at an auction when Paul was only four years old. The previous owner, Martin Gordon, prominent Virgina gentleman, had run into financial difficulties and the property had to be sold by the bank. Gordon purchased the property in 1820, and it is said that Andrew Jackson was a frequent visitor here. Because of Gordon's hospitality, Andrew Jackson appointed him to a high post after he was elected President of the United States. Going back further in time, this lot of 65 X 120 feet was bought by Don Vicente Rillieux in 1795, and the present structure dates back to that year. There have been other structures on the lot before 1795 but fire destroyed them.
We all know that Paul Morphy died here in 1884 from " brain congestion. " There are theories about the true cause of death based on our modern medical knowledge. Doing the math, it seems that this house was Morphy's primary residence for forty-three years. In 1891, Morphy's brothers and sisters sold the mansion. By 1920, the former owner bequeathed the property to Tulane University who rented it out to several business establishments. In 1954, the Brennan family took over and completely renovated the interiors to turn it into their now world-famous restaurant. A fire severely damaged the property in 1975, and it was again restored to its present condition.
I did not bother taking any photos of the interiors since most of it Paul Morphy himself would not recognize. If you would like to see it anyway, here is a link to Brennan's Restaurant: http://www.brennansneworleans.com/onlinetour.html