The below information was provided to the Campo Family by previous residents and their families, as well as available public records. Should you wish to correct or ammend these facts, we welcome your submissions.
Rumored to be the 'House of the Rising Sun,' the Villa Convento is a Creole townhouse built in or around 1833. The land was purchased from the Ursulines nuns. The first owner was Jean Baptiste Poeyfarre, who commissioned the construction of the building. His widow, ten years later, sold the property and building to Octave Voorheis. Mr. Voorheis lost this purchase in the depression following the Civil War, approximately in 1872. During the following twenty-year period, there were two different owners. On March 10, 1902, Pasquale Taromina purchased the property. The family lived here until February 1946.
Throughout the succeeding years following the widow Taromina's sale of the property, there were many owners. The property was no longer a single family dwelling. It was converted to housekeeping rooms. Many of the former occupants of the rooming house have visited and reminisced about their student days living at the 'Old Town Villa,' as it was called. Jimmy Buffett, probably the most famous tenant, came back with a video crew to film a documentary on his early life in New Orleans.
The Campo Family acquired the Villa Convento September 1981. They are meticulously trying to restore the building to its original splendor.