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A Method to Our…

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Join us for the second event in our summer series: “A Roaster’s… more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Join us for live music at the BB King's Blues Club with Jeremy Joyce. more

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Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Keith Stone Band. more

Carousel Gardens…

Jul 24 - 31, 2016
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Mama's Music

Jul 24, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

Photo Exhibition -…

Jul 24 - 30, 2016
Join us for the Photo Exhibition - "MAAFA: The Past We Inherit; the Future… more

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Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Click your heels together and join the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and… more

Soul Full Sunday…

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Ashé Cultural Arts Center brings back the quarterly Sunday Brunch with… more

Stoned vs Drunk vs…

Jul 24, 2016 - May 24, 2026
Join us at the New Movement for a stand -up comedy challenge. Also, enjoy… more

Tales of the Cocktail

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Join us for the 14th Annual Tales of the Cocktail Festival! Tales of the… more

The Illusion

Jul 24 - Aug 6, 2016
Strange things happen when you wander into a magician’s cave. Pridamant,… more

The New Movement…

Jul 24 - Dec 18, 2016
The future begins at Beta, as the latest talents emerging from TNM's… more

The New Movement…

Jul 24 - Dec 18, 2016
Sunday night is home to School Night at TNM - a show that features the… more

Trinity Artist Series…

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Join us for guitarist  Richard Rowley.  He will be performing music… more

Tujague's - Drag…

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Tujague's 160th anniversary yearlong celebration continues with a Sunday… more

World Famous Gospel…

Jul 24 - Dec 25, 2016
Join us for our new Gospel Brunch experience which includes local talent… more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 25 - 25, 2016
Join us for live music at the BB King's Blues Club with Jeremy Joyce. more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 25 - 25, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Keith Stone Band. more

David Hansen's Garden…

Jul 25, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Monday Blues

Jul 25, 2016 - Jan 05, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley. more

A Method to Our…

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Join us for the second event in our summer series: “A Roaster’s… 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.