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25th Annual New…

Oct 20 - 23, 2014
The New Orleans Film Festival- Louisiana's only industry-recognized film… more

Fall Fete

Oct 20 - 20, 2014
Join the  Vieux Carre Commission Foundation for Fall Fete. . more

Jon Cleary & the…

Oct 20 - 20, 2014
Join us for Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. more

Sacred to the Memory…

Oct 20 - Nov 17, 2014
Showcasing both the historic Hermann-Grima House museum and St. Louis Cemetery… more

TAI CHI/CHI KUNG…

Oct 20 - 27, 2014
NOMA has teamed up with the East Jefferson Wellness Center to offer wellness… more

THE GUANTÁNAMO PUBLIC…

Oct 20 - 30, 2014
This traveling exhibit examines the history of the U.S. naval base in… more

The Mysterious…

Oct 20 - Nov 23, 2014
You are invited to the Mysterious Wisterias Plantation for an evening of music… more

The Victory Belles…

Oct 20 - Nov 19, 2014
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

The Victory Belles…

Oct 20, 2014 - Jun 24, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

Tricks... Treats...…

Oct 20 - Nov 8, 2014
Kids won't want to miss this strange tour when we pull away the mask and see… more

"Organ and Labyrinth"…

Oct 21 - 21, 2014
Join us for  "Organ and Labyrinth" and Candlelight with Albinas… more

Kinder Garden: Creepy…

Oct 21 - 21, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Oct 21 - 28, 2014
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Standing in the…

Oct 21 - Nov 25, 2014
"Standing in the Shadows (no more)" is a series of narrative quilting… more

Standing in the…

Oct 21 - Nov 25, 2014
"Standing in the Shadows (No More)" is a series of narrative quilting… more

Tommy Castro & the…

Oct 21 - 21, 2014
Join us for live entertainment  at the Maple Leaf Bar featuring Tommy… more

"America's Wartime…

Oct 22 - 22, 2014
Known for close harmonies, synchronized dance steps, and exuberant performances… more

GALATOIRE’S 33 BAR &…

Oct 22 - 22, 2014
Galatoire's 33 Bar & Steak will present a beer dinner featuring New Belgium… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Oct 22 - Nov 26, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Lagniappe…

Oct 22 - 22, 2014
Join local author Sally Asher as she discusses her new book Hope and New… more

25th Annual New…

Oct 20 - 23, 2014
The New Orleans Film Festival- Louisiana's only industry-recognized film… 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.