The French Quarter of New Orleans

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  • Copyright: 2003-09-01
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi
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Photography -- Southern Studies -- Travel-->There is no place in America like New Orleans's famed French Quarter.With photographs and history,The French Quarter of New Orleansexplores the unique evolution of this district. The author and photographer team to reveal how war, fire, floods, politics, cultural conflict, and architectural innovation shaped the Quarter.In West Freeman's 160 color photographs the present-day romance of the Vieux Carreacute; is here to savor. ButThe French Quarter of New Orleansmoves beyond the Old World faccedil;ades and into the heart and history of the many peoples-Spanish, French, Creole, Native American, African American, and Italians-who have lived here.From humble, wooden French cottages to stately, brick Spanish Colonial mansions, from Madame John's Legacy to the St. Louis Cathedral, the Quarter's architecture enthralls, and Jim Fraiser's text creates an anecdotal walking tour of memorable and storied sites.Studying buildings, Fraiser points out the struggle between native Creoles and newcomers in the replacement of Creole townhouses and cottages with "shotgun houses" and American Greek Revival homes. Freeman's photographs and Fraiser's text detail the historical significance and architectural styles of over one hundred structures.The history of the Quarter teems with vagabonds and saints, warriors and playwrights, musicians, and politicians. Fraiser animates the fascinating story with such evocative figures as the pirate Jean Lafitte, the conquering general Andrew Jackson, and the voodoo queen Marie Laveau. Riverboat gamblers, ladies of the night, duelists, opera aficionados, plague victims, jazz musicians, charlatans, and Mardi Gras revelers populate the streets and edifices Fraiser describes.For those who have visited the Quarter, this book will be a treasured memento of the district's unparalleled romance and flavor.Jim Fraiser is the author ofMississippi River Country Tales(2001) and, with West Freeman,The Majesty of the Mississippi Delta(2002). He lives in Jackson, Mississippi.West Freeman is a native of New Orleans. His photographic work has been featured inArchitectural Digestand is in the permanent collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Table of Contents

La Nouvelle-Orleans: A French Settlement in the New Worldp. 3
La Nueva Orleans: A Spanish Enterprise with French Savoir Fairep. 23
Vieux Carre: Domain of the Creolesp. 57
The French Quarter: A Creole Island on an American Oceanp. 107
New Orleans: Divided in a Golden Age and Reunited during Its Darkest Hourp. 141
The City that Care Forgot: An American City with a Creole Heartp. 187
Glossary: The Layperson's Guide to French Quarter Architectural Style, Types, and Termsp. 213
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 221
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