New Orleans Streets: A Walker's Guide to Neighborhood Architecture

New Orleans Streets: A Walker's Guide to Neighborhood Architecture

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By (author) R Stephanie Bruno, Foreword by Walter Isaacson

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  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company
  • Format: Paperback | 174 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 226mm x 15mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 29 January 2011
  • ISBN 10: 1589808746
  • ISBN 13: 9781589808744
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 579,849

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One block at a time, this guidebook offers an expert's perspective on the architectural diversity and details of New Orleans' unique neighborhoods. A walk through the streets of the city takes one down brick sidewalks and past the ancient Creole cottages in the Vieux Carri, stately townhouses in the American Sector, Garden District center-halls, and ubiquitous shotguns. The walker passes along avenues lined with homes draped in the ornamentation typical of the Greek Revival, Italianate, and Craftsman styles, and through neighborhoods distinguished by milled brackets, arched-top windows, and clean, horizontal lines. New Orleans is a city of extraordinary variety and style, and this volume enables the casual tourist and lifelong resident alike the opportunity to walk down her blocks and appreciate the extraordinary architectural backdrop. With authority and verve, architectural historian and popular columnist R. Stephanie Bruno guides each reader through the brightly colored and diverse streets of New Orleans as she explores step by step the architectural details of the houses and the individual choices their owners have made to change each one during the course of renovations. In each neighborhood, Bruno highlights variations in architectural details and identifies elements of each house, allowing readers to recognize different architectural styles and even decide what type of house they would most like to inhabit. Organized geographically, each of the twenty-two chapters begins with a brief history of the neighborhood described. For each block included, characteristic landmarks, a description of the homes, and a conversational "anatomy of the block" portion, including anecdotes and renovation observations, give readers the sense of walking down the street. Colorful photo collages of the homes along with maps allowing easy identification of the areas complete this architectural tour of New Orleans.

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"No one knows the remarkable diversity of New Orleans' historic neighborhoods, or appreciates the incredible beauty of their architecture, more than Stephanie Bruno. For those who choose to walk in her footsteps, she is the perfect guide to these special places that are the heart and soul of the city."--Richard Moe, president emeritus, National Trust for Historic Preservation"Stephanie Bruno has written a book that both New Orleanians and visitors need: a building watchers' tour that covers New Orleans neighborhoods. If 'Pride Builds New Orleans, ' as one mayor made his motto, then Bruno's pride and knowledge of her city as well as her talent, as seen in this book, could help 'Save New Orleans.'"--Roulhac B. Toledano, architectural historian and author of A Pattern Book of New Orleans Architecture"New Orleans Streets calls attention to things commonly overlooked and unappreciated in New Orleans' rich architectural legacy, clearly explains what you are viewing in the city's historic neighborhoods, and helps the native New Orleanian and visitor alike know exactly 'where y'at.'"--Robert Cangelosi, Jr., architect and coauthor of New Orleans Architecture, Volume VIII: The University Section"Stephanie Bruno gives the reader a wonderful face-to-face encounter with the incredibly rich texture of the city's endearing neighborhoods. Her book is simultaneously a knowing guide to our splendid and wacky architecture and a vivid block-by-block tribute to the New Orleans art of making great urban places."--Jack Davis, journalist and preservationist