The scene: New Orleans real estate does not get any more prime than the corner where the
Napoleon House currently sits — and has since 1797. But it has "only" been the current restaurant for a little over a century; before that the building was the palatial home of the city's first freely elected mayor after the Louisiana Purchase. Napoleon House is so named because the mayor and his colleagues planned to offer it as a domicile for the exiled French emperor, but Napoleon never made it to the States. It is one of just four buildings in the city designated a National Historic Landmark.