Last week I was invited to a treat at lunch time to visit the Stage Door Canteen for a show. Bob Hope’s daughter was the guest of honor along with all the Veterans that came.
The World War II Museum has become a destination for many that visit New Orleans. I sell a lot of condos in the Warehouse District and walk by the Museum many times over the past 10 years. It is always bigger and better each and everytime. It’s a must see venue when in New Orleans….
The Victory Belles put on a great show. My father was in the U.S. Army from 1941 unit 1963 when we moved to New Orleans. He never really talked much about the war. He did receive several bronze stars and a Purple Heart fighting in the Pacific conflict. He was also in the Korean War. He would have been 100 years old this year. Hats off to all these guys who risked their lives for our Freedom and Safety….
The Victory Belles
Stage Door Canteen
Walking the New Orleans Neighborhood Around 3915 St. Charles Ave., The Saint Charles Gardens Condos…September 28, 2015
St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans
New Orleans has some great neighborhoods. This is one of them along St. Charles Avenue. Its a great area to walk and see all the historic homes and watch the streetcars pass you buy. This is a great neighborhood too walk. Let me share the photos of block before the condo which take up the entire block. So lets take a look….
This English Gothic church completed in 1887 has steeply pitched gables, an architectural detail that was a precursor to the New Orleans Victorian style. The cathedral is the oldest non–Roman Catholic church in the Louisiana Purchase: the congregation was established in 1805. Jefferson Davis was among its parishioners, and the altar from his home is at the church, as is the grave of Confederate general Leonidas Polk. Visitors are welcome to walk into the main building when daily services are not in session.
The Church is located at 2919 St. Charles Avenue on the corner of Seventh Street. One of many gems you can see on the St. Charles streetcar line.
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.
Jackson Square in New Orleans is probably the most photographed block in the state of Louisiana. The Plaza de Armas was designed in 1721 and was the center of New Orleans. In 1856 it was renamed Jackson Square after General Andrew Jackson who defeated the British in the War of 1812.
You can always get different looks and scenes depending on the time of day and the local weather. Lots of history to think about.
Walking along Bayou St. John on Moss Street really gives you a sense of history and the variety of homes in the area. Large ones,small ones, old ones and even older ones. You start off near City Park and walk til your legs give out, then come back on the other side as you return.
Plantation Style Homes when the Bayou was young.
A Colorful Craftsman Style home just stands out….
Historic Double on the Bayou with a Victorian Feel…
Looking across the Bayou at the small homes on the other side.
Views of the Old Trade Mark and Aquarium of America’s
Algiers is the second oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. It’s a easy ferry ride from Canal Street. Old Algiers is like a forgotten neighborhood. So close and easy to get to from the CBD. Here are some great restoration of old homes and great views from the point.
Always a draw for photo taking is the Mississippi River as it moves in and out of New Orleans. Here is just a few of what I have captured over the past couple of years. The Mississippi River is a draw for tourist and locals. That is why we are getting more access to the river.
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….