SCROLLS OF HISTORY

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Adorning the fence of this aging uptown mansion, the patina of this scrollwork caught our eye while out for a walk. Each scroll lining the fence, in a alternating pattern, it was easy to imagine they represented rolls of parchment, the written history and stories of the once grand home it guarded.

MAGAZINE

 

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Stretching from downtown to the river near Audubon park, Magazine St. is a main artery through historic uptown. The street is filled with a lively mix of retail and and historic homes. The name is believed to date to the time the Spanish ruled New Orleans. “Magazine” meaning warehouse, with its proximity to the Port of New Orleans in its easy to picture the street filled with warehouses of goods ready to be exported.

LEE CIRCLE

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As the street car zips by a pivotal point connecting residential Uptown New Orleans with the business rich downtown sits Lee Circle. The traffic circle was originally known as Tivoli Circle but in 1884 with the erection of the monument to the Confederate General Robert E. Lee the circle was renamed. Many people do not know that hidden within the giant doric column is a winding staircase that takes you to a lookout point just above the column capital.

IRONWORK: UPTOWN SHOTGUN

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In the 1800s as the city grew outward like the roots of an old oak tree, the traditional use of ironwork of the French Quarter grew outward to these new areas as well. The designs that were so famous and romanticized in the French Quarter were kept alive in the charming shotgun homes of Uptown. Homes in this area of New Orleans traditionally have a front porch with a fenced-in small front yard. These ironwork fences add elegance to these modest green spaces. This home, with its mix of delicate vine and flower pattern and defensive spearhead finials, was one that we loved and wanted to share with you.