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New Orleans Houses: A House Watcher's Guide

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Architecturally unique, New Orleans has been called 'the greatest outdoor museum in the world.' Glimpses of history can be found in the balconies, arches, and stained-glass windows of its homes, from simple Creole cottages to suburban ranch houses.

Written as a 'house-watcher's guide, ' New Orleans Houses enables the layperson to estimate the date of a house's construction,
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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published June 30th 1985 by Pelican Publishing Company (first published 1985)
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Ray
Jan 17, 2008 Ray rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ray by: Preservation Resource Center
I subscribe to Dwell magazine, and I like Modernist architecture as much as the next guy. But the old homes in New Orleans are not like their companions in other cities. New Orleans does everything differently. So people come to eat here and they say "WOW, I have never had soup like THIS.." Or, "I've been to so many clubs in my life and I have NEVER heard music like THAT...." There is a playfulness and mischeivous quality to New Orleans Victorian homes, for example, that is just thriling and ...more
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Oct 21, 2007 Melissa rated it liked it
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Trying to re-familiarize myself with the basic shaping of New Orleans -- in this case, who built what when. Interesting fact: looks like almost all the areas that flooded severely in '05 were built in the 20th century, on low ground, and without sufficient (or sometimes any) understanding of or respect for the actual land. Before then, everyone had to live on the highest ground; the rest was swamp. The earliest buildings used the bottom floor as storage mostly, if they could, knowing it would ...more
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Oct 02, 2012 Melissa Williams rated it it was amazing
Excellent architectural reference book. Well organized; includes vignettes, sketch elevations, and maps of New Orleans showing the development of the different architectural styles/periods. Great technical descriptions highlight the popular elements found in each style. I only wish he had written a few more of these for other historic cities!
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