Favorite thing New Orleans' graceful structures ornamented with the characteristic iron balconies are eye-catchers. The historic marker sites these buildings as Cucullu Row.
Near the French Market, Manuel Simar Cucullu and Christoval G. De Armas constructed three identical buildings in 1833 as a private commercial venture that became known as The Red Stores, an establishment carrying grocery items. The store's convenient location must have made it a popular stop in those days.
These buildings are actually replicas of the originals. A fire destroyed one of the structures in 1840 and it was rebuilt in a different style. They were demolished in the 1930's to expand the Bazaar Market.
Favorite thing Most of us have heard of Samuel F. B. Morse, inventor of the telegraph, but perhaps you are like me and didn't realize he first wanted to give his new invention to the Republic of Texas in 1838. When Morse approached the powers that be, they never replied to his generous offer.
Nevertheless, the first telegraph office was opened in Marshall, Texas in 1854. Connections extended to New Orleans via Shreveport and with Alexandria, Louisiana and Natchez, Mississippi.
The Texas and New Orleans Telegraph Company was chartered in 1856 and constructed lines from Galveston to Antonio and Austin, but it was six years before it had a connection to New Orleans. These first two telegraph companies eventually merged.
Favorite thing The Cabildo, a National Historic landmark, is part of an attractive threesome anchoring pretty Jackson Square It keeps company with the St. Louis Cathedral-Basilica and The Presbytere and houses a museum cataloguing 200 years of Louisiana's history.
This significant site is where the Louisiana Purchase Transfer occurred and where the 'Illustrious Cabildo' or city council met over the years. The building was constructed in 1795-1799 afterwhich it became the seat of the Spanish municipal government.
In 1911, the Louisiana State Museum gathered it and the Presbytere into its educational embrace. After a horrific fire destroyed the structure in 1988, it was painstakingly restored using '600 year old French timber framing technology'. A relieved public proceeded once again through its doors in 1994.
Hours Tues.-Sun. 9am-5pm; closed Mondays and holidays
1-800-568-6968 or http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/cabex.htm
Favorite thing The famous architecture in New Orleans is in the French Quarter (really Spanish architecture but who's going to quibble). The narrow buildings with wrought iron decorated balconies and courtyards, the shotgun and camelback houses have been pictured many times.
But New Orleans is a living city, not a museum like Williamsburg for instance. So there are various architectural styles, and there are newer buildings some of which (like this one) are equally beautiful.
When I took this picture from the tour bus, of a hanging scaffold (probably a window-washer), I had no idea how to find out what the building was until Robert (Robachul) identified it for me.
That is 1555 Poydras and the building behind it is the Freeport-McMoRan building.
The following address will take you to another photo of the building as well as information about it.
Fondest memory The 22-story building is owned by East Skelly LLC and managed by Jones, Lang, LaSalle Americas Inc. Hebeisen Associates was the architect. I'm not sure what kind of company East Skelly LLC is except that it is based in Chicago.
It's not just a pretty face. In 2002, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA awarded 1555 Poydras its 18th annual “The Office Building of the Year,” or TOBY, awards (which recognize for excellence in building operating standards, tenant and employee relations programs, energy management systems, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, emergency evacuation procedures and training programs for building personnel) in the category of buildings 250,000 to 499,999 square feet
Favorite thing The Historic New Orleans Collection was established in 1966 by General and Mrs. L. Kemper Williams, private collectors of Louisiana materials, to maintain and expand their collection and make it available to the public through research facilities and exhibitions. The Collection operates a museum accredited by the American Association of Museums in a complex of historic French Quarter buildings at 533 Royal Street.
Favorite thing There's no doubt about it. The Creole townhouses in the French Quarter are some of the prettiest multi-story buildings I've ever seen. These went up after the fires of 1788 and 1794 when New Orleans was under Spanish dominion. The general plan was for a three story building with a shop or retail on the ground floor and living quarters with small balconies above. The supported cast iron 'galleries' were added in the mid 1800s.
Hmmm... "Ground floor retail with living space above." Those are exactly the same requirements specified in the new neighborhood zoning in Seattle and other progressive cities. It sure has taken us a long time to get back to this tried and true plan.
Favorite thing What was so fascinating about the city, was the contrast between old and new New Orleans next to one another. Being in the French Quarter and facing the Business District, you'll have this special view of old buildings in front of modern buildings in the Business District.
Fondest memory Take a horse and buggy or walk, New Orleans is a beautiful city. It's best seen at a slow pace so no detail is missed.
Favorite thing Walking through the French Quarter of New Orleans, one of the most distinctive characteristics you'll notice is the wrought-iron balconies that give the area a certain flair and sophistication that makes it a picturesque location. Since 1940, this area, also known as Vieux Carre', has been under a preservation mandate, which means that you won't see any highrise buildings advertising billboards or streetlights, and makes the area more enjoyable for visitors.
Fondest memory Exploring some of the less trampled streets of the French Quarter is a rewarding experience for any New Orleans visitor. There's more to it than just the wildness of Bourbon Street.
Favorite thing Walk around the French Quarter during daylight hours. The ornate architecture and hanging gardens are lovely.
Fondest memory Exploring the Quarter during the early morning hours on a Sunday. Everything was perfectly quiet, as people recovered from Saturday night partying and we got beautiful photos of some ofthe most beautiful townhouses.
Favorite thing This is a picture of the old St. Louis Hotel. This used to be where the slave exchange was, and if you look in the stone at the top of the picture, you can still see part of the sign. The part of the building that had the word 'slave' on it is now gone, and in its place is an alley called 'Exchange Place.'
Favorite thing These, for instance, have exactly the same potential as those shown in the above slide, but the resident's aren't the type to have the inclination to paint them and sustain these old girls. They are still wonderful to look at, though, with a class and style that peels through the lack of paint.
Favorite thing The exterior facades of the Quarter show only a portion of the city's charm. Virtually every building in the Quarter hides an interior court. Most of the restaurants, bars and coffee shops open these for lounging over drinks and conversation. It's one of New Orlean's most fabulous experiences. I always found myself thinking how fun it would have been to sit there with friends like MATIM and her family or Laurie Jeanne from Calgary, or Oja from Slovania. Lavep, you'd feel right at home around here too, I bet. There's plenty of French to go around!