On a recent vacation in New Orleans, I ended up with a camera full of colorful photos of distinct and grand architectural eye candy. From the French Quarter’s century plus old houses and business buildings, to the mansions in the Garden District near St. Charles Avenue, each had its own delightful personality.
Featured were unique doors, tall shutters, fancy corbels and balusters, ornate wood trim, wrought iron, and incredible paint color combinations. It was a whole host of interesting architectural elements that left me and my camera falling behind my group as I tried to capture as many pieces of eye candy as possible.
Two house styles that I found most interesting were the shotgun houses and the creole cottages. Shotgun houses got their name because they are deep and narrow, and theoretically if you fired a gun at the front door the bullet would go all the way through the house without hitting any walls. Creole cottages have two key distinguishing elements: a roof line that runs parallel to the street, and a second “half story” where unusually small bedrooms are fitted directly under the steeply pitched, gabled roof.
Houses in New Orleans French Quarter Area
This was one of my favorite houses. The turquoise/teal shutters attracted my attention because it’s my favorite color. The corbels, columns, staircase, porch lamp, decorative top siding, and all the other details give your eyes plenty of things to soak in. (And my friend added a charm of her own!)
This house is obviously well-loved as it’s in such nice condition. I particularly like the eggplant shutters with the gray/green main color.
Peach along with my favorite colored turquoise shutters! Notice those impressive corbels.
Very purple, but typical bright color in French Quarter neighborhoods.
Light green exterior with dark green shutters, along with an awesome balcony with great balusters makes for a very distinguished home.
This shotgun house is so perfectly worn that I don’t think you could reproduce the look if you wanted! Love every single detail about this house.
Businesses Have Architectural Character, Too!
What a charming, adorable guest house!
Just of Royal Street is Fleur de Paris that has an incredibly ornate ironwork balcony railing.
Great colors! Eggplant walls with turquoise shutters, topped with an iron balcony railing – LOVE!
Not your typical hotel! The Cornstalk Hotel was originally built in 1816 and is supposedly haunted.
Antoine’s Annex located on St. Louis Street in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans.
The roof-top pool and bar area at the Omni Royal hotel gave us some great views! It was interesting to see the city from this different perspective.
I love this aerial view of Jackson Square featuring St. Louis Cathedral, and the Mississippi River in the far back. The square had a really fun open-air art market that was also sprinkled with several tarot card/palm readers.
I just love all the shutters!
Mansions in the Garden District
We hopped on the St. Charles Street Car line and walked around the antebellum mansions in The Garden District. (By “hopped on” I mean that in a confused state we quasi-painfully figured out where exactly we were trying to go, and which car to get on.) We didn’t feel the need to know the nitty-gritty historical details about each house, so we just wandered and enjoyed each house for the visual joy it offered.
The details on these mansions were amazing. This cornstalk gate took the prize for most unique gate.
This is the home of the actress Sandra Bullock. The architectural details were incredible!
Here’s another Garden District house that caught my attention.
Other Interesting Architectural Elements in New Orleans
Look at the details in the corbel and wood trim above the tall, sleek shutters.
I’m not sure if it’s the colors, the semi-worn color on the brick, simple wood header, or the door shutters, but I found this attractive.
Now this is a fancy door!
Check out the iron work on this railing, column and porch light.
Love the door and window panels even though it could use a little sprucing up!
If walls could talk! Some may call this in great need of a paint job, but somehow I love the patina of the worn home.
Wow. Just wow! Can you see yourself having a cup of coffee on this balcony overlooking the city?
I’m not sure if this was an apartment building or a business, but it certainly was interesting to take in.
So that’s the end of my camera roll. Heading down to Louisiana? In addition to the awesome music, food, drinks, and art, be sure to wander around to check out some of the architecture in New Orleans. Let me know in a comment below what’s your favorite aspect of the architecture in these photos. And be sure to read my blog series about my son’s year in New Zealand because traveling vicariously is fun!
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