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In the early 1800’s the area we now call the Garden Distict were plantations along the Mississippi River Upriver from the City of New Orleans. The Area was developed from 1832 to 1900. The plantations were sold off as large parcels of land to mainly wealthly English speaking Americans who did not live in the French Quarter where most of the Creole families lived.
The area became the City of Lafayette in 1833. It was later annexed into the City of New Orleans in 1852. The Neighborhood was then known as the Garden District becaause of the large lots and lush gardens. later many of the parcels were further divided up into smaller plots. Now it is one of the most valuable real estate in the State of Louisiana.
This weekend’s walk was about 530 pm on a Saturday afternoon. I had just been to see a client in the French Quarter where it was extremely crowded. I decide to park and get out and walk while there was still some nice light for photographs. I ran into several tour groups but that was about it.
These are all the very large homes that caught my eye. Its easy to see why this area of New Orleans is called the Garden District. I had been in the one pictured above and it is like 3 homes totaling over 8000 sq. ft. of living on a very large lot. At the time it was a second home for an out of state couple. Hard to believe but true….
One of a kind block in New Orleans. The homes in this part of the block all have oversized brackets and larger porches. They are all very colorful and look like copies of each other. They are a rare find in New Orleans. Lets just call this the block of the brackets….
Jefferson Davis died here in 1889 in the New Orleans Garden District…This is a little known fact that stumbled across while walking through the Garden District. He was buried locally for 2 years and then moved to Virginia. It is known as the Payne Strachan Home…
The Double Gallery on this Garden District home has more wrought detail than most homes in New Orleans. The Wrought Iron Trend arrived in the Garden District in the 1850’s as it made its way from Europe. The decorative aspect is taken to another level in New Orleans. The Spanish Artchitecture influence is evident. The details can be amazing on the porches, fences, and balconies….
This is a gallery rather than a balcony since it is supported to the ground. Galleries thus tend to have cover and are wider than balconies.
Wrought Iron means Worked Iron….The Iron was very mallable and easy to work with to create designs. This was a show of wealth that made its way from Europe to New Orleans where today it remains an art form. The first picture is from the newly remodeled Sanger Theather and rest are from the Garden District of New Olreans.
“From the 16th century on, ironwork became sophisticated and high decorative, throughout the elaborate cathedrals of Spain to balconies, patios and gateways of France. The boom of ironwork in the 18th century led to beautiful railings and gates throughout London and eventually made its way to the United States, most prominently in the French inspired designs of New Orleans.”
The Cornstock Fence in the New Orleans Garden District….Just a Rare and Beautiful Piece of History….Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
Decorated for Christmas is the cornstock fence on Prytania Street and Fourth Street in New Orleans Garden District. It looks a lot like the fence at the Cornstock Hotel in the French Quarter. The good reason is that the same company made the fence for both. This house was built in 1859. The home and grounds are beautifully restored and are in tio top shape.
“One of the most unique features of this home is not the house itself but the fence. It is a cast iron fence with a design of intertwined morning glories growing with the corn stalks. The fence was erected by Wood & Mitenberger, the New Orleans branch of the Philadelphia foundry of Wood and Perot. Wood and Perot also cast the corn fence located in the French Quarter.”
The Garden District of New Orleans is a great place to make your own walking tour. Each week realtors visit new listing that come on the market. This week there were two on 7th Street in the Garden District. It took a two block walk to capture some most beautifully restored homes on Seventh Street. Each one is totally different but each stands out in style.
You have many homes that are stunning in the market but few blocks have this many. The weather was great and its good exercise to view the neighborhood. I five this walk an A Plus…..
These Historic Homes in New Orleans are really a work of art in today’s world. The fences, gates and grand doorways are right there for all to enjoy and see. They are fun to photograph and view. Many of these date back to the 1850’s when New Orleans was one of the richest cities in the United States. Enjoy them and thank the many owners for keeping them up.
Fountains and courtyards are often found in homes in New Orleans. I saw these in a home in the New Orleans Garden District. These are true works of art. You have to wonder how much work and effort were put inot these two fountains. Just amazing sights and sounds of running water….