Louisiana – New Orleans Bourbon Street at Night

Although this historic French Quarter street has a bawdy reputation due to the burlesque clubs and all-night partying, there is a whole other side of Bourbon Street steeped in history, folk-lore and beauty that dates back to 1718.

Louisiana - New Orleans Bourbon Street at Night

Louisiana – New Orleans Bourbon Street at Night

Louisiana – New Orleans Old Style Architecture

Ironwork is so associated with New Orleans that it may come as a surprise to some that wrought iron (worked by hand) and later cast iron are Victorian additions and not original to the oldest masonry townhouses. Previous to the mid-1800s in New Orleans history, balconies and porches were bounded by tall wooden columns. Decorative ironwork, derived from Spanish architecture, mimicked another famous Spanish product: lace, and offered an ornate visual contrast to otherwise sober, handsome fronts.

Louisiana - New Orleans Old Style Architecture

Louisiana – New Orleans Old Style Architecture

Louisiana – New Orleans French Quarter

The French Quarter, also known as Vieux Carré – or the “Quarter” to locals, sits on a crescent in the Mississippi River on some of the highest ground in New Orleans.

French Quarter architecture is a mix of Spanish, French, Creole and American styles. Plastered walls and single chimneys reflect laws enacted after fire virtually destroyed the city in 1788 and 1794. Walled courtyards, perfect for French Quarter parties, are a gift of the Spanish influence. Cast iron balconies were added to many masonry buildings after 1850,

Louisiana - New Orleans French Quarter

Louisiana – New Orleans French Quarter