The beautiful courtyards you see throughout New Orleans were not always used as they are today. NOLA’s courtyards were designed towards the simple and the necessary functions of the home. It was a convenient and protected place for deliveries, an extension of the kitchen to be used for some of the messier prep, a place for catching a cool breeze off of a fountain. Today these lush oasis are the center of a homes entertainment space, a place for relaxation, not work. We love sneaking peeks of these hidden courtyards and sharing them with you.
In each corner of Jackson Square stands a statue, representing the four seasons of the year. These statues as a set were some of the first to ever grace New Orleans, placed in the square between 1850-1852. As the summer season begins to end, we thought it was the perfect time to introduce these statues, sharing summer with you first, of course. Shown as a boy leaning upon a tree trunk, book clutched in his left hand and fresh cool grapes in the other, ready for a relaxing day in the shade.
August 29, 2005 is a day that forever changed New Orleans. Nine years later and patches in the city are still stuck in “Katrina Time”, boarded up and untouched. Today we wanted to share this memorial art with everyone and take a moment to remember all of the lives that were effected on this day. The Katrina House, sits along Convention Center Boulevard, an infamous spot where so many families suffered in the days following the devestating storm.
Hurricane Katrina touched every New Orleanian’s life in some way or another. For us personally, it was the heartbreak of watching as the city you have lived in your entire life drowns, the feeling of pain for lives in peril and lives lost, the uncertainty of not knowing if and when you would be able to go back to your home…if you even had a home to go back to, the gut wrenching feeling that things would never be the same. From that day forward, no matter the situation, we New Orleanians will always be bound together in this Katrina bond.
We also wanted to share a video from National Geographic for those who may not be familiar with the events of that day, nine years ago.
Driving along St. Bernard Highway you reach a stretch of land bare of homes and surrounded by fields and trees, before you lies a tunnel in this instance the tunnel is not made of stone but Majestic Live Oaks. Known by locals as the tree tunnel, one tree after the other, create a perfect shade canopy. It is a place you come across by chance, a place that is barely known but well worth the drive.
Gen. Andrew Jackson, the saving General of New Orleans and later the President of the United States. Old Hickory as they called him was a strong, fierce general who loved his country and would defend it with his life. Thanks to his command during the Battle of New Orleans we were able to ward off the British. Still to this day Gen. Jackson holds a special place in the hearts of all New Orleanians. This statue was erected at the center of Jackson Square in 1856 to commemorate him. One of the most Iconic figures of our great history, but for us he isn’t just a general, he is a symbol of protection.
A French flag which in various forms represented royalty over the centuries by a vibrant blue flag adorned with gold fleur-de-lis. Today, this flag can be seen flying over many parts of NOLA, as another simple way for us to embrace our roots. With French Quarter balconies as their backdrop, we couldn’t help but share this fleur-de-lis find.
Le Petit Salon is one of the more unique homes in the French Quarter, by not following the standards set forth by previous generations. Designed in 183o in the Greek Revival style, the home belonged to Victor David a wealthy merchant. The home is notable for one of its major design features, the main floor entrance sits high above street level accessed by a private stairs on the exterior of the home. While this home may stand out as different we feel it is a part of our city’s unique design, woven over the centuries.
Situated in the Botanical Gardens in New Orleans City Park lies a quiet corner garden just outside the Pavilion of the Two Sisters. Within this garden sits a picturesque fountain, full of grandeur and elegance. The Flute Player at its centre was designed by the notable artist Enrique Alférez, while he was in his 90s. This fountain and its statue hold magical memories for us, it is a joy to share it with you.
New Orleans is so rich with history, but she’s not stuck in the past. In the early 90s The Aquarium of the America’s was at the forefront of modern design in the city. Not only was the architecture modern, but the facilities were state-of-the-art. It has remained a leader in the nation, setting a standard to follow year after year. Home to thousands of species from far away seas to as near as our very own Mississippi River. We feel the Aquarium truly is a gem packed full of life.
On the site of the original Spanish prison and directly behind The Cabildo, stands a formidable structure. Known to NOLA as the Arsenal, this building served as the home of Louisiana’s armory from 1840 thru 1915. During its history the Arsenal has seen occupation by both Union and Confederate forces and was once the home of an aristocratic secret military society. This mighty fortress now houses relics of Louisiana’s history and the part we played during wartime.