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New Orleans Treme' Walking Tour
"Treme' (pronounced Tre-May) sits adjacent to the French Quarter and is the oldest African-American neighborhood in the United States. Treme' is a vibrant area steeped in music and culture. Come explore this iconic gem and revel in New Orleans Jazz histor the birthplace of such Jazz greats as Alphonse Picou and Trombone shorty.Treme' was originally settled by Free People of Color; often referred to as Creoles whose unique experience helped shape the civil rights movement. It is the hallmark of African-American history not to be missed. Today Treme' is home to artists musicians and craftsmen and is a living breathing
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Combo Oak Alley Plantation and New Orleans City Tour
"Go beyond the typical city tour experience and see New Orleans like a local. Relax in an enclosed air-conditioned minibus that runs every day rain or shine. You’ll pass through the French Quarter and travel past mansions along Esplanade Avenue on your way to a stop in City Park where you can visit the Morning Call Café for coffee and beignets. In addition you will see the Ninth Ward a neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina. View the Garden District with its vast mansions that line pristine boulevards and Faubourg Treme — one of the oldest African American neighborhoods in the country dating back to the 1700s. Pass through the home of the internationally acclaimed World War II Museum and by the Contemporary Arts Center
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Three Hour City Tour of New Orleans
"Your tour begins when you pass through the French Quarter and travel past the mansions along Esplanade Avenue on your way to a stop in City Park where you can visit the Morning Call Cafe' for coffee and beignets or view the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. In addition you will see the Ninth Ward a neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina. View the Garden District with it's vast mansions that line pristine boulevards the Warehouse District Faubourg Treme- one of the oldest African American neighborhoods in the country dating back to the 1700's pass through the area formerly known as the American Sector
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Architecture Tips (15)

The Cucullu Buildings

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.

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Feb 23, 2009

Western Union Telegraph Building

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.

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Jan 21, 2009

The Cabildo

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

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Dec 13, 2008


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

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Jul 20, 2005
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Historic New Orleans Collection

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.

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May 25, 2005

Creole architecture

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.

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Oct 07, 2004

Old and New go together

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.

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May 13, 2003


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.

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Nov 23, 2002

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Walk around the French Quarter...

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.

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Sep 07, 2002

This is a picture of the old...

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.'

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Aug 24, 2002

These, for instance, have...

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.

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Aug 24, 2002

The exterior facades of the...

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!

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Things to Do Near New Orleans

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

This small chapel was built in 1826, which makes it the oldest chuch still standing in the city. It was built close to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, just outside of the French Quarter, at the peak of the...
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Wax Museum

Visited the Musee Conti Wax Museum which contains wax sculptures that chronicle the history of New Orleans. The attached picture is of Madame LaLaurie torturing her slaves in the attic of the...
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French Quarter Walking Tour

On our last visit to New Orleans, we got ourselves out of bed early and headed down to the National Park Service Visitors Center for their free tour of the French Quarter. The walk departs from 419...
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We saw the Superdome on the way in from the airport, and of course when we took the New Orleans tour, they mentioned it again. On their website, I thought that it looked like a giant hamburger all lit...
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1850 House - Louisiana State Museum

While you're walking around Jackson Square you'll see the 1850 House which is apart of the Louisiana State Museums. "The Upper and Lower Pontalba Buildings, which line the St. Ann and St. Peter...
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Pharmacy Museum

Before 1804, the field of pharmacy was unregulated. The only requirement was a six-month apprenticeship, after which time the person could make and sell medicines unhampered by any laws or agencies....
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