Degas House
2306 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana, LA 70119, United States
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Who Was Gaston?

  • Gaston Room, Garret

Gaston de Gas-Musson, born in 1875, was the fourth child of Rene and Estelle de Gas. Although Gaston was not born at the time of Edgar Degas’ visit, his family still lived in this house at the time of his birth.

Shortly after Gaston’s birth, his father, Rene, deserted his mother Estelle to elope with their neighbor, America Durrive Olivier. As a result of this disgrace, Gaston’s grandfather, Michel Musson, adopted Gaston and his older brother Odile (his only surviving sibling) and changed their last name to Musson.

The tour guides who are Edgar Degas' great-grandnieces at Degas House are descended from Gaston de Gas Musson, who died in 1953 at the age of 78.

The Gaston room is located in The Garret on the third floor of Degas House. There are no windows as the room is built into the eaves of the house, making it extremely quiet, eliminating the noise of the city. The room is large, charming and beautifully furnished with antiques. It has a lovely double bed and daybed and accommodates 3 people. The hardwood floor adds to the ambience