West End (also referred to as West Lakeview) is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Lakeview District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Lake Pontchartrain to the north, the New Basin Canal and Pontchartrain Boulevard to the east, Veterans Boulevard to the south and the 17th Street Canal to the west. The area was largely built on land reclaimed from Lake Pontchartrain in the 1830s. It is a recreational and commercial seafood boating hub for the city and is known for its historic and renowned seafood restaurants. In recent years, the area has seen large condominium complex developments overlooking the lake, marinas and the centrally located 30-acre (120,000 m2) West End Park. The majority of the land and marinas located at West End are managed by the New Orleans Municipal Yacht Harbor Management Corporation, a public benefit corporation of the City of New Orleans, with much of it leased to private interests and individuals.
The area is immediately north of the site of the levee failure on the 17th Street Canal during Hurricane Katrina which was a primary cause of the inundation and devastation of many neighborhoods in New Orleans. Located outside of the flood walls, West End experienced some severe damage, but it was limited to heavy winds and storm surge that destroyed every restaurant and music club built out on piers over the lake. Because West End was developed above sea level, it only flooded due to the storm surge coming in from the lake. After it rapidly receded, the area became a staging area for the US Coast Guard, the Louisiana National Guard and the Massachusetts National Guard conducting rescues of stranded residents.
Two Yacht Clubs, the New Orleans Yacht Club and Southern Yacht Club, along with several marine and yacht related businesses as well as condominiums and boathouses populate the areas surrounding West End Park and the marinas and channels. West End’s most recognizable icon, the New Basin Canal Lighthouse, constructed in the 1830s was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. Reconstruction of this famed lighthouse began in February 2012 and was completed in 2013.
Courtesy of the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans.