The Garden District of New Orleans

The Garden District of New Orleans


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The Garden District of New Orleans has enthralled residents and visitors alike since it arose in the 1830's with its stately white-columned Greek Revival mansions and double-galleried Italianate houses decorated with lacy cast iron. Photographer West Freeman evokes the romance of this elegant neighborhood with lovely images of private homes, dazzling gardens, and public structures. Author Jim Fraiser vividly details the historical significance and architectural styles of more than a hundred structures and chronicles both the political and cultural evolution of the neighborhood.

The Garden District, unlike the French Quarter, evolved under the auspices of predominantly Anglo-American architects hired by newly arriving, and newly wealthy, Americans. Beyond these wealthy homeowners, the Garden District also offers a startlingly diverse and freewheeling history teeming with African American slaves, free men and women of color, French, Italians, Germans, Jews, and Irish, all of whom helped fashion it into one of America's first suburbs and most extraordinary neighborhoods. Fraiser animates the Garden District's story with such notables as Mark Twain; Jefferson Davis; occupying Union general Benjamin Butler; flamboyant steamboat captain Thomas Leathers; crusading Reverend Theodore Clapp; Confederate generals Jubal Early and Leonidas Polk; jazzmen Joe "King" Oliver and Nate "Kid" Ory; champion pugilist John L. Sullivan; local authors Grace King, George Washington Cable, and Anne Rice; Mayor Joseph Shakespeare; architects Henry Howard, Lewis Reynolds, and Thomas Sully; cotton magnate Henry S. Buckner; and Louisiana Lottery co-founder John A. Morris.

In words and photographs, Fraiser and Freeman explore the unexpected evolution of this district and reveal how war, plagues, politics, religion, cultural conflict, and architectural innovation shaped the incomparable Garden District.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934110683
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 03/31/2012
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,142,493
Product dimensions: 12.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jim Fraiser is the co-author of The French Quarter of New Orleans (University Press of Mississippi).

West Freeman is the co-author of The French Quarter of New Orleans (University Press of Mississippi).

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Welcome to District 2! Located in the mountains, they have widespread mining towns dotting sloping hills. The young people are trained for the Games, which gives them an advantage in the arena. There are no fences, because the mountains both protect the residents and keep them in. Most people of District 2 always have electricity, money, foodd, and running water.