The French Quarter of New Orleans


Photographs and narrative that revive the charming spirit of old New Orleans
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Photographs and narrative that revive the charming spirit of old New Orleans
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Publishers Weekly
New Orleans's most famous district has been shaped by war, fires, floods, politics, cultural conflict and architectural innovation. This slick, educational volume shows those influences, via Fraiser's learned text and Freeman's vivid photographs. Eschewing stereotypical images of drunken revelers and shiny beaded necklaces for straightforward photographs of townhouse entranceways and wrought-iron balconies, this work concentrates on the Quarter's buildings. The chapter on La Nouvelle-Orleans offers a portrait of a 1772 blacksmith shop with an abat-vent (roof overhang), while the section on La Nueva Orleans explains how Spanish and French cultures impacted the neighborhood's architecture. The authors include well-known locales, as well, including Preservation Hall and the Court of the Two Sisters. Fraiser (Mississippi River Country Tales) and Freeman, a New Orleans native whose work is part of the New Orleans Museum of Art's permanent collection, have assembled an intelligent, enlightening look at one of America's most charming areas. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578065240
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 9/5/2003
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 947,850
  • Product dimensions: 12.16 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 La Nouvelle-Orleans: A French Settlement in the New World 3
Ch. 2 La Nueva Orleans: A Spanish Enterprise with French Savoir Faire 23
Ch. 3 Vieux Carre: Domain of the Creoles 57
Ch. 4 The French Quarter: A Creole Island on an American Ocean 107
Ch. 5 New Orleans: Divided in a Golden Age and Reunited during Its Darkest Hour 141
Ch. 6 The City that Care Forgot: An American City with a Creole Heart 187
Glossary: The Layperson's Guide to French Quarter Architectural Style, Types, and Terms 213
Bibliography 217
Index 221
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