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The Rink Myth Debunked!

Standing on the corner of Washington and Prytania, beneath a yellow barn-shaped building, you’ll hear it. Wild stories about the history of the building. “Right in this spot in 1884, the city of New Orleans opened an ice skating rink.” “For two years, this building was an ice skating rink, then it became a mortuary.” “Ice was imported from the North, so guests could skate.” The guides’ stories are varied and incredibly detailed. Some go as far as to discuss the technology of creating an ice rink in this era. The first ice rink was opened in London in 1876[…]

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Field Trip Friday! Williams Residence

You know all those museums you’ve been telling yourself (and others) that you need to go visit? Summer is really the perfect time to do it! There are less crowds, the museums are typically temperature controlled, and there are deals everywhere. Have you heard about the new French Quarter Museum Association? You haven’t? Here’s the skinny, the French Quarter Museum Association includes 13 museums in the French Quarter. Beauregard Keyes House New Orleans Pharmacy Museum New Orleans Jazz Museum Hermann-Grima House Gallier House Louis Cathedral Ursuline Convent Cabildo Presbytère 1850 House Historic New Orleans Collection properties – including the Historic[…]

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Featured on Beyond Bourbon Street Podcast!

Last week I was interviewed by Mark Bologna for Beyond Bourbon Street podcast. This podcast is a great resource for visitors to our city or even locals who want to learn more about their home. In this episode, we talked about New Orleans’ fabulous architecture. We discussed how architecture and history are intertwined, as our story is reflected by our buildings from early French settlement to present day.  Many different cultures contributed to our landscape and skyline –just one more way that New Orleans is such a unique city! This is my first podcast and I really had a fun[…]

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The New Orleans Architecture Foundation’s Poydras Tour is great!

Last Saturday I took a Poydras Tour offered by The New Orleans Architecture Foundation. It was led by Shannon French, a local architect and NOAF board member. I really enjoyed the tour, it was well researched and equally well delivered. It is clear that Shannon was excited about the material and wanted to share it with his guests. The tour started at Harrah’s Casino at 9:30 am. In this space Shannon gave an intro and briefly discussed the history of the Poydras Corridor. This street was laid out as early as 1788 (the same year as the Great Fire) and[…]

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Recommended by Gardenista!

This week, New Orleans Architecture Tours was honored by being included in Gardenista’s “10 Garden Ideas to Steal from New Orleans”. This online gardening magazine has handy tips about keeping your plants alive and how to make your outdoor spaces beautiful. In New Orleans, we have a very hot summer, mild winters and humidity all the time. Michelle Slatalla took a tour with us to learn about how New Orleanians deal with this climate and wrote a great article about her findings. (Here’s a sneak peek: we keep gardens that provide us lots of shade, smell nice, and look okay[…]

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