Luxury, Inequity & Yellow Fever: Living Legacies and the Story of Old New Orleans

Luxury, Inequity & Yellow Fever: Living Legacies and the Story of Old New Orleans

by Kerri McCaffety


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Luxury, Inequity & Yellow Fever pairs majestic photographs of the Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses with captivating historic accounts, offering us a direct connection to the turbulent times of New Orleans' Golden Age. The new book by acclaimed photographer and author, Kerri McCaffety, features 152 pages of beautiful photographs and intriguing history that reveal intricate details about 19th century New Orleans—a time of wealth, romance, slavery, hurricanes and disease. In addition to the Hermann, Grima and Gallier families, McCaffety explores the lives of many who passed through these noteworthy homes, including slaves, Free People of Color, the ladies of The Woman's Exchange and those currently keeping the legacy of the houses alive.

The Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses are not just important architectural landmarks, and their parlors are much more than just beautifully appointed rooms. They actively tell the story of the men who built them and the challenges they faced. The houses are owned by The Woman's Exchange, whose mission is to continue the legacy of The Christian Woman's Exchange, established in 1881. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses are leading authorities on historic preservation in the French Quarter, offering educational, entertaining and interactive programming in the world-renowned French Quarter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615980973
Publisher: Herman-Grima & Gallier Historic Houses
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Sales rank: 876,727
Product dimensions: 12.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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Luxury, Inequity & Yellow Fever: Living Legacies and the Story of Old New Orleans 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely fascinating! I bought a copy as memento of my visit to the Hermann-Grima and Gallier Houses-- two hidden gems of the French Quarter and a definite must-do if you're visiting New Orleans.  The story of the families and enslaved workers who lived on the 19th-century properties paints a compelling picture of day-to-day life in old New Orleans. The book turned out to be a great compliment to what I learned on the tour, providing interesting tidbits about Creole culture, the racial caste system, and the economic significance of the city. Best of all, you get lush photographs of special seasonal exhibits in the house, including mourning customs, Christmas, and summer dress. Beautiful photographs, and a wonderful book for those who love New Orleans!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up a copy of this book at the Hermann-Grima House after my tour, but didn't have a chance to read it thoroughly until I got home from my trip to New Orleans. I'm so disappointed that I didn't make the time to visit the Gallier House as well! The photographs are breathtaking, and the text relates interesting facts about 19th-century New Orleans in addition to telling the story of the families that lived in the houses. I think that anyone who loves history, New Orleans, house museums, antique furniture, decorative arts or even interior design would enjoy this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am familiar with both of the French Quarter treasures and am so pleased with the huge number of wonderful photographs which portray both houses in accurate detail. Great job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 It is an excellent representation of two unique historic houses in the French Quarter.  The photographs are lovely and the text is engaging. I'm pleased to have it as a part of my my library and recommend it for your own collection or as a gift for someone special.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom bought me this book and it is really pretty. I like to see history homes and how places used to be and want to live in an old home sometimes. I like living in New Orleans too. Meow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty and would look nice on a coffee table. It's so fun to see inside these old houses and the photos make you feel like you are living there too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book!  Gorgeous photographs take you on a journey through the interiors of these magnificent houses.   I also bought another one for my niece as a souvenir from my trip to New Orleans and these houses, which I think she'll love.   The book provides a light but informative history lesson as well that any scholar or hobby-historian could learn from.
Hammer22 More than 1 year ago
These two historic homes were my favorite part of visiting New Orleans. I make it a point to try and visit historic houses in each city I visit because they tend to do a better job at interpreting local history. I'm glad I could get this book through Barnes and Noble. The photographs are a helpful reminder of my visit to these two incredible places. There are not many historic sites with as nice a hard-cover guidebook such as this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful and beautiful book! The pictures are amazing! I'm so excited to read more about the Hermann-Grima and Gallier Houses and to visit the museums!