Bar, Hotel Royal (Old St. Louis Hotel Destroyed in Hurricane of 1915). George Francois Mugnier Collection.
Biographical Note: George Francois Mugnier was born in France on January 1, 1855. He was in New Orleans by 1868. Originally a watchmaker, he turned to photography in 1884 with a studio on Exchange Alley. Mugnier gained some fame as a photographer of views and landscapes in New Orleans and the surrounding region. His photography was not, however, always profitable enough to support him and his family, and he held a variety of other jobs throughout his life. He always took pictures, though, and at least two of his employments--with the Photo-Electric Engraving Company and with the Times Democrat newspaper--allowed Mugnier to take them professionally. George Francois Mugnier died in New Orleans on April 12, 1936.