FEDERAL COURT

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Of the many architectural gems through out New Orleans, one of the most imposing belongs to the Federal Court complex. In the American sector of the city, this court structure is grand in design and topped with magnificent weathered bronze sculptures at the four corners. The Court of Appeals building overlooks Lafayette Square and faces head on with historic Gallier Hall.

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

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On this St. Patrick’s day we want to share a story of one of New Orleans’ Irish Residence. Born in Ireland in 1798, James Gallier immigrated to New Orleans and soon became one of NOLA’s most notable Architects in the 19th Century. He was a big supporter of the Irish community that centered around St. Patrick’s Church and many of his works are recognizble landmarks of our city, including the Pontalba Buildings, Gallier House and this shot of Gallier Hall to name just a few.

 

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

ST. PATRICK’S IRON

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Adding to the Gumbo of New Orleans, the city saw a large influx of Irish immigrants in the 1820s during the potato famine in Ireland. With the immigrants comes the celebration of their patron Saint. On the eve of St. Patrick’s day we wanted to share this shot of the St. Patrick’s Church in honor of the immigrants that helped create New Orleans and the traditions they brought with them.

ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH

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The first church to be established outside of the original limits of the city was St. Patrick’s. In the 1830’s the influx of Irish immigrants brought a larger catholic population than the Cathedral could support and the with the masses being held only in french the Archbishop pushed the establishment of a new parish. Built in 1840 and designed to rival the St. Louis Cathedral in grandeur, it is one of the only remaining structures of the city’s growth outwards from the French Quarter.

WEATHERED SIGN

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Like a beacon of generations gone by the Warehouse district in New Orleans is filled with painted walls. This sign belonged to the Woodward Wright & Co., in its heyday the company was a supply, printing, and retail warehouse. Long since it has gone, the buildings were claimed for revitalization and have been given new life as apartments without losing their history.

VETERANS DAY

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As we take this day to honor our veterans and active military we wanted to share with you these memorial bricks, located at the National WWII Museum in NOLA. Each brick etched with the name of a veteran, donated by family and friends as a lasting reminder of their sacrifice and bravery for all of us.

We want to thank all veterans for their courage to protect the freedom we all know and live each day.

FINDING THE FLEUR

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These fleur de lis are adorning the top of a small fence outside Gallier Hall on St. Charles Ave.  It’s one of the simple over looked details on such a grand building of New Orleans of old. With so many of these NOLA symbols dotting the city, we never know where they may turn up next.

LABOR DAY

WPA ARTLabor Day was started as a way to honor the labor movements in our country. This sculpture is carved on the side of the F. Edward Hebert Federal Building near Lafayette Square. Created by the artist Armin Scheler around 1940-1941, it comes at the end of the WPA era that shaped many projects throughout New Orleans. We feel this was the most fitting piece of NOLA to share with you, displaying the laborers who’s hard work built this city into what it is today.