Sunday, April 23, 2017

At Home in the Vieux Carré Open house.

A few days ago I attended a wonderful open house in the French Quarter in a 1830's Creole townhouse. I have known the owner a French woman for over 25 years! The house was built in 1830 and still had original details in it. Creole townhouses are perhaps the most iconic pieces of architecture in the city of New Orleans, comprising a large portion of the French Quarter and the neighboring Faubourg Marigny. Creole townhouses were built after the Great New Orleans Fire (1788), until the mid-19th century. The prior wooden buildings were replaced with structures with courtyards, thick walls, arcades, and cast-iron balconies. The facade of the building sits on the property line, with an asymmetrical arrangement of arched openings. Creole townhouses have a steeply-pitched roof with parapets, side-gabled, with several roof dormers and strongly show their French and Spanish influence. The exterior is made of brick or stucco.

With my French friend David! 

A watercolor drawing of the house in 1833, New Orleans Notarial Archives - Planbook Plan 99.16 

Two French guys! 

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