Hurricane Katrina ravaged much of New Orle......more
Hurricane Katrina ravaged much of New Orleans in 2005, but thankfully the city’s most treasured historic homes survived. Plantations & Historic Homes of New Orleans is a poignant tribute of these storied mansions, whose architectural beauty brings a unique flair to the Big Easy’s most famous neighborhoods.
From the French Quarter and Garden District to Uptown, Marigny, and Bayou St. John, many of New Orleans’ grandest old homes and nearby plantations are featured in this book, showcasing the massive brick columns, intricate cast-iron balconies, wide verandas, sumptuous parlors, and humble servants quarters that give this area its charm. Open these pages and you’ll travel to Destrehan, the oldest plantation house in the Mississippi Valley, originally built of hand-hewn bald cypress timber using briquette entre’pateaux, mud (clay, river sand, and Spanish moss) between post; the homes artist Edgar Degas and author William Faulkner lived in during their New Orleans’ stays; and the 1850 House located in the Lower Pontalba building on Jackson Square. Learn about the building’s namesake, a baroness with a tumultuous family life who managed to escape murder and was also responsible for building the American embassy in Paris.
With lavish photographs of exteriors and rooms of special interest, gardens and curiositie...
Jan Arrigo is a New Orleans-area based writer and fine art photographer. Her writing about art
has been published in the Encyclopedia of Sculpture and The American Art book. She is a
member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the New Orleans Photo
Alliance. Laura McElroy is an Atlanta-based freelance photographer whose travel photography has been published in a wide array of magazines, such as Travel Holiday and Y’all, in regional and state travel guides, on web-based travel sites, and in regional cookbooks. She also volunteers her time as a photographer for Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption to capture portraits of the wonderful dogs waiting to be adopted for use on the organization’s website and for fundraising. Jan and Laura have collaborated on
two other books for Voyageur Press, Cemeteries of New Orleans and New Orleans.