William Ratcliff Irby
Originally from Virginia, Irby moved to New Orleans and made fortunes in cigars and eventually as Chairman of Canal Bank. 1860-1926. Irby was buried a mile from Irby Field in Metairie Cemetery.
Origins: Irby Pool
Irby Field was the site of a pool. Irby contributed $60,000 for the construction of the pool in City Park in 1924. Irby made numerous contributions to the city, often anonymously.
Irby bought the property at 417 Royal and donated it to Tulane University, which eventually sold the property to the Brennan family which operates the world-famous restaurant located at that site.
Irby House At Tulane
A dormitory is named in Irby's honor at Tulane University recognizing his financial contributions as well as his service as Board President.
Originally built by Baroness Micaela Almonester de Pontalba in 1850, Irby bought and donated the building to the State of Louisiana in 1927.
Irby Field is in New Orleans City Park at the corner of Victory Avenue and Irby Drive. Click on the map below for directions