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14th Annual Saints…

Mar 25 - 26, 2017
Join us for the 14th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival. The festival… more

19th Annual…

Mar 25 - 25, 2017
Travel the world in a single day at the 19th Annual Children's World's Fair -… more

Bach Around the Clock

Mar 25 - 25, 2017
Come join us for the Annual Bach Around the Clock. There will be over two… more

Backyard Grooves

Mar 25, 2017 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

Cecilia Vicuña: About…

Mar 25 - Jun 18, 2017
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen traces the artist’s long career to… more

Clarence John…

Mar 25 - 25, 2017
A Louisiana native, Clarence John Laughlin (1905 - 1985) ranks among the most… more

Dividing the Estate

Mar 25 - Apr 15, 2017
The third regional premiere of our season is the winner of the Outer Critics… more

Double Dose

Mar 25, 2017 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

Drafts for Crafts -…

Mar 25 - 25, 2017
Joinus for the official launch party of PT-305. After nearly a decade of… more

Exhibition to feature…

Mar 25 - 25, 2017
 The Historic New Orleans Collection will open its next exhibition,… more

Louisiana Children's…

Mar 25 - 25, 2017
Travel the world in a single day at the 19th Annual Children's World's Fair -… more

Louisiana Music…

Mar 25 - 25, 2017
Join us for some live music featuring Alfred Banks. more

Louisiana Music…

Mar 25 - 25, 2017
Join us for some live music featuring Black Laurel. more

Louisiana Music…

Mar 25 - 25, 2017
Join us for some live music featuring Extended Trio. more

New Orleans Bourbon…

Mar 25 - 26, 2017
Laissez les bon temps rouler. Let the good times roll. The motto of a city that… more

New Orleans…

Mar 25 - 26, 2017
Come join us in a spring celebration featuring sugar blowing demonstrations and… more

New Orleans Mission…

Mar 25 - 25, 2017
The New Orleans Mission will host Cruisin' for the Mission, a one-day event… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Mar 25 - May 21, 2017
NOMA is organizing A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s in cooperation… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Mar 25 - Oct 1, 2017
In celebration of beloved chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah… more

New Orleans Spring…

Mar 25 - Apr 2, 2017
New Orleans Spring Fiesta Association celebrates the cultural heritage… more

14th Annual Saints…

Mar 25 - 26, 2017
Join us for the 14th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival. The festival… 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.