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Creole Houses: Traditional Homes of Old Louisiana

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Creole houses, found from New Orleans to northern Louisiana, are one of the nation’s unique architectural treasures. A blend of French and Spanish colonial styles, with West Indian, Canadian, and other influences, these lovely houses were astutely designed to withstand their sultry, subtropical environment. Significantly, most major examples withstood the devastating hurricanes of 2005.

No other book of photography evocatively examines the development of this singular American ...

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Overview

Creole houses, found from New Orleans to northern Louisiana, are one of the nation’s unique architectural treasures. A blend of French and Spanish colonial styles, with West Indian, Canadian, and other influences, these lovely houses were astutely designed to withstand their sultry, subtropical environment. Significantly, most major examples withstood the devastating hurricanes of 2005.

No other book of photography evocatively examines the development of this singular American style, embracing architecture and interior decoration, which thrived from the early eighteenth through the mid-nineteenth century. Creole Houses offers an appreciation of Creole culture as seen through its historic homes and celebrates not only a memorable way of life, but the history, and the unique sensibility, that produced it.

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Architectural photographers Steve Gross and Sue Daley (Catskills Country Style; Old Florida) have a knack for capturing the essence of historic houses. In Creole Houses, they focus their energy and lens on the traditional homes of Louisiana. This large-sized hardcover pictorial contains images of these architectural masterpieces both inside and out.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810954953
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 324,875
  • Product dimensions: 9.75 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James Conaway is author of the novel The Big Easy and many nonfiction works, including the memoir Memphis Afternoons and The Far Side of Eden, about environmental conflict in the Napa Valley. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., and piedmont Virginia.

John H. Lawrence is director of museum programs for the Historic New Orleans Collection. He lives in New Orleans.

Steve Gross and Sue Daley are photographers whose books include Santa Fe: Houses and Gardens, Catskills Country Style, Old Houses, and Old Greenwich

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