French Quarter manual: an architectural guide to New Orleans' Vieux Carré
In New Orleans the French Quarter packs itself into a little grid of a colonial town behind the levee of the Mississippi River. Established in 1718, the town received its gridded plan from a French military engineer in 1721. Most of the buildings standing today date from the nineteenth century, with eighteenth and twentieth century structures interspersed.This detailed architectural handbook describes how to "read" French Quarter architecture by determining a structure's "type," its component parts, and its style. The basic "types" are termed the French Colonial house, the Spanish Colonial house, the cottage, the town house, and the shotgun house. The basic "component parts" are doors, windows, shutters, balconies, courtyards. The styles are based upon decorative motifs common to distinctive historical periods (Federal, Greek Revival, Gothic, Italianate, etc.). Each reveals that the colonists' native architectural traditions were transformed into a set of structures adapted to the moist heat of semitropical Louisiana. With images of buildings, plans, and sections from the French Quarter's remarkable inventory, this guide illustrates how a succession of styles from the eighteenth to the twentieth century has been draped over a range of building types.Thoroughly indexed and cross-referenced, it will provide with equal satisfaction a start-to-finish "read," a search for specific information, or a concentrated browse.Illustrated with some 200 photographs and 50 line drawings, this handy manual will be essential for architects, historic preservationists, and general readers interested in the buildings of one of America's richest historic districts.Malcolm Heard is an architect and a teacher in the school of architecture, Tulane University.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
abat-vent address uncertain American town house arches architect balconies Beauregard House Benjamin Henry Latrobe block Bosque house Bourbon Street brick builders built Burgundy Street Cabildo carriageway casement doors cast iron construction corner courtyard Creole cottage Creole town house dormers Dumaine Street entresol Esplanade Avenue facade French Colonial French Quarter buildings front gabled gallery Gallier Gallier House George Washington Cable GLOSSARY OF STYLES Greek Revival grid ground floor Hermann-Grima House Historic New Orleans house type ironwork lackson Square Lafcadio Hearn loggia Louis Street Louisiana Madame lohn's Legacy mantel muntins Napoleon House Nicholls Street nineteenth century Orleans Orleans Collection Philip Street photographs plastered Pontalba Buildings railings rear residential rooms Royal Street Samuel Wilson service structure shapes shotgun house shutters side sidewalk space Spanish Colonial house stairs stairway story Street COMPONENTS stucco tall three-story Toulouse Street transom two-story Ursuline Ursuline Convent walls wood wooden wrought iron