Shotgun homes, Creole cottages, and center halls are a few iconic house types that spring to mind when one thinks of New Orleans. However, there’s a lot more to the city’s architecture than these 19th-century buildings. And that diversity is exactly what Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas highlight in their book, Buildings of New Orleans (University of Virginia Press).
“We didn’t want to focus just on the Garden District and the Vieux Carre, but the totality of the city, so that you understand its fullness,” said Kingsley, professor emerita of architecture at Tulane University.
Arranged by neighborhood, the 336-page paperback is compact and portable, considering the dense amount of information it contains. Though the book’s scholarship is heavily vetted and peer-reviewed, its content is entertaining to laymen — and offers them a deeper understanding of their lived environment.
“I think it’s important for people to know the history and context in the community in which they live,” said Douglas, associate dean and professor of landscape architecture at Louisiana State University.
Read on for a tour of New Orleans’ most significant — yet under-appreciated — buildings across five neighborhoods.Read More