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17th Annual Martin…

Mar 1 - 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Mar 1 - 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Artist Spotlight…

Mar 1 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

BODY ELECTRIC Group…

Mar 1 - 1, 2015
Inspired by Walt Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric", this… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Mar 1 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

Jefferson Arts…

Mar 1 - 15, 2015
Mrs. Stancliffe's Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been successful for many… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Mar 1 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Mar 1 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

New Orleans Celtic…

Mar 1 - 1, 2015
New Orleans Celtic Festival is an annual event dedicated to preserving and… more

Stage Door Canteen…

Mar 1 - Apr 5, 2015
"Always ... Patsy Cline," a musical play, complete with down-home… more

Tennessee Williams:…

Mar 1 - May 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The Bowery Presents -…

Mar 1 - 1, 2015
Hannibal Buress is widely known for having an "irresistible" comedic… more

The New Orleans…

Mar 1 - Nov 18, 2015
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original… more

World of Wheels

Mar 1 - 1, 2015
World of Wheels features a wide variety of cars, trucks and motorcycles as well… more

Preservation Jazz…

Mar 2 - 2, 2015
Live New Orleans Jazz Nightly! more

The Joy Theater…

Mar 3 - 3, 2015
Much like acts like The Smiths or Joy Division before them, Above & Beyond… more

Jazz Pilates with…

Mar 4 - 25, 2015
The French Market and The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park are proud… more

Ogden After Hours…

Mar 5 - 5, 2015
Join us for Ogden After Hours for Colin Lake. more

The Columns Hotel…

Mar 5 - 26, 2015
The Historical Columns Hotel with its "sophiscicated atmosphere" and… more

Yappy Hour at The…

Mar 5 - 5, 2015
Yappy Hour at the The Velvet Cactus - 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (Sorry, no dogs… more

17th Annual Martin…

Mar 1 - 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… 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

Where you'll see it: French Quarter. You can recognize the signature single-story homes by the steeply pitched roofs and front porches that practically touch the sidewalk.
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

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

Creole Townhouse

Where you'll see it: French Quarter. With shops below and homes above, these buildings are the perfect arrangement for the thriving urban center. Arched windows distinguish Creole from American townhouses.
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

Where you'll see it: Garden District, Uptown or Carrollton. 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.
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

Where you'll see it: Throughout the city. These are plentiful and easy to spot - long and narrow single-story homes with lacey Victorian embellishment beneath the large front eve.
What you should say: "The term shotgun originates from the hypothetical theory 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

Where you'll see it: Lower Garden District, Garden District, Uptown or Esplanade Ridge. Telltale elements include stacked and covered front porches, stately box columns and a front door off to one side.
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.

And a Literary Scholar, Too...

In case you need to show off more New Orleans knowledge, here are four key facts about its literary history.

Tennessee Williams - not a native son, but close

The famous playwright, best known for A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie, was actually born in Mississippi, but New Orleans could safely be called his adopted home.

Inspiration Found Here

Hotel Monteleone was a favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner. Truman Capote frequented the Carousel Bar and used to quip that he was born in the hotel.

Pulitzer Prize, Please

Four works written in and about New Orleans have won Pulitzers: Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler and The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty.

Inter-vieux with the Vampire

Anne Rice's novel The Vampire Chronicles takes place in these city streets - just add Brad Pitt for silver-screen magic.