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“Awash with Color:…

Apr 28 - May 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

11th Annual Backbeat…

Apr 28 - 28, 2016
Join your friends in the New Orleans Botanical Garden for live music featuring… more

Backbeat Jazzfest…

Apr 28 - 28, 2016
Join us for Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes. more

Backbeat Jazzfest…

Apr 28 - 28, 2016
Join us for WimBASH featuring Doug Wimbish, Zach Meyerowitz, Khris Royal &… more

City Park Presents -…

Apr 28 - May 1, 2016
Join us in the New Orleans Botanical Garden in New Orleans City Park for City… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Apr 28, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

DISNEY ON ICE…

Apr 28 - May 1, 2016
The celebration of the century comes alive in Disney On Ice celebrates 100… more

Disney on Ice: 100…

Apr 28 - May 1, 2016
Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! The monumental ice skating… more

Heart of the House

Apr 28, 2016 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

Irvin Mayfield Jazz…

Apr 28 - 28, 2016
Join us at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse for the Ashlin Parker Trio. more

Irvin Mayfield Jazz…

Apr 28 - 28, 2016
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for The… more

Jazz in the Park

Apr 28 - Jun 9, 2016
Jazz in the Park returns this spring running from April 14th to June 9th, with… more

New Orleans Jazz &…

Apr 28 - May 1, 2016
Jazz Fest is the celebration of the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans… more

New Orleans Photo…

Apr 28 - May 29, 2016
The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA), is proud to be the first venue to … more

Novice Italian…

Apr 28 - May 19, 2016
Students will develop basic language skills and a general understanding of… more

Novice Italian…

Apr 28 - May 19, 2016
Students will develop basic language skills and a general understanding of… more

Ogden After Hours…

Apr 28 - 28, 2016
New Orleans Preeminent Rockabilly Band, Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers… more

Print Shop Gallery…

Apr 28 - 28, 2016
Chapman will be reading from "A Hood Novella in Fair Side",… more

The Historic New…

Apr 28 - May 7, 2016
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, The Historic New… more

The Irish House…

Apr 28 - 28, 2016
Join us at the Irish House for Patrick Cooper. more

“Awash with Color:…

Apr 28 - May 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

Architecture

How to Sound Like an Architecture Expert in New Orleans

Say you're strolling through New Orleans discussing with your companions the merits of beignets over donuts, and there to the left is a stunning example of traditional Southern building design. Rather than risk mistaking a classic American townhouse for a Creole townhouse, take a few notes from our Crescent City architecture primer and demonstrate your architectural expertise.

Creole Cottage

What you'll see: These signature single-story homes with steeply pitched roofs have front porches that practically touch the street.
Where you'll see it: French Quarter
What you should say: "You know, the full front porch and high-gabled roof are a distinct blend of Caribbean and French-Canadian design; interesting combo, don't you think?"

American Townhouse

What you'll see: Look for a narrow brick or stucco three-story structure, asymmetrical windows and an iron balcony on the second or third floor.
Where you'll see it
: Central Business District or Lower Garden District
What you should say: "See all that fine iron detailing on the balcony? The intricate ornamentation style is pre-Civil War."

Creole Townhouse

What you'll see: With shops below and homes above, these buildings are the perfect arrangement for the thriving urban center. Arched windows distinguish Creole from American townhouses.
Where you'll see it: French Quarter.
What you should say: "After the great fires of 1788 and 1794 torched most freestanding homes in this district, these brick and stuccoed-brick structures emerged with strong Spanish influences."

Raised Centerhall Cottage

What you'll see: Keep an eye out for the one-and-a-half-story homes raised slightly above street-level and a porch stretching all the way across the front with columns.
Where you'll see it
: Garden District, Uptown or Carrollton
What you should say: "I don't know if you know this, but these homes are basically urbanized version of French-Colonial plantations."

Shotgun House

What you'll see: These are plentiful and easy to spot - long and narrow single-story homes with lacey Victorian embellishment beneath the large front eve.
Where you'll see it: Throughout the city
What you should say: "The term shotgun originates from the idea that if all the interior doors are all open and aligned, you can shoot clear through the house even though there's no hallway."

Double Gallery House

What you'll see: Telltale elements include stacked and covered front porches, stately box columns and a front door off to one side.
Where you'll see it: Lower Garden District, Garden District, Uptown or Esplanade Ridge
What you should say: "Although they look similar to the townhouse styles, these homes built in New Orleans' early suburbs are set back much farther from the sidewalk."

Find more resources on New Orleans architecture at the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans website at prcno.org.