DECORATIVE IRON VENTS

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Tradition NOLA homes are built on piers a few feet of the ground to keep the home cool with cross ventilation. The original New Orleanians decided instead of exposing the individual piers that support the home they bricked the homes across the front and added the decorative iron vents to keep the breathability of the crawlspace. This shot of one of the many intricately detailed iron vents shows just how important style was to function.

BANQUE DE LA LOUISIANE

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In the 1800’s before the building at 417 Royal in the French Quarter was a famous restaurant, it was home to the Bank of Louisiana. The building was built around 1790 as a private residence and a bank. The unique iron railings adorning the building still show the Banque de la Louisiane’s decorative scrolled initials. This building and its details are one of the many treasures that date to NOLA’s colonial period.

REMINISCENT OF NOLA’S PAST

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Often when we stroll through the French Quarter we see many buildings that are so full of history. But at the corner of Chartres and Conti, the Historic New Orleans collection took the time to renovate this once grand home. This shot of the carriage doors so brightly painted, gives us  chance to think how would New Orleans have looked when many buildings were so new.

NOLA’S FIRST SKYSCRAPER

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New Orleans was founded on the swamps along the banks of the Mississippi River, this poses a problem for early builders. So its no wonder in the early 1800’s protesters expressed their concerns that the proposed building at the corner of Royal and St. Peter wouldn’t stand. Built in 1811 the Le Monnier Mansion was built and amidst further protests a fourth floor was added in 1876 creating NOLA’s First Sky Scraper. The building has survived the test of time and proved the many protestors wrong.