French Quarter Sightseeing Featured Stories

Type Spotting: Historic Building Styles in the French Quarter

By: Sally Reeves A keen eye and quick list can unveil the salient patterns of French Quarter building types. Most antebellum sorts come in "Creole," "American," and a mix of the two. Those built after the Civil War and later are generally "Eastlake," or sometimes "Craftsman" cottages. There are...

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Oldest Features of the French Quarter

By: Sally Reeves Secluded in the muddle of the French Quarter's raucous street life linger elements that still impart a kind of stately antiquity. They are Spanish and French-era pieces. Some are rightly celebrated for their survival of the epochs; others, dressed in garish costumes at the shop...

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By: Sally Reeves It took two years to build and two decades to renovate. To some it was an elegant City Beautiful triumph of slum clearance, to others an out-of-scale offense to an historic neighborhood. Home to landmark legal decisions and antique documents, it gave way to stuffed birds,...

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By: Sally Reeves Jackson Square, and the land around it, was always for the use of the public, or so it seemed. There was the church, and the priests' house, and the town hall with the prison. There was the square itself, with its parade ground, and the view of the river. The idea of flanking...

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By: FrenchQuarter.com Staff The New Orleans French Quarter after Hurricane Katrina looks pretty much the way it did before. Thank goodness. And residents and shopowners have been busy cleaning, polishing and sprucing up the old city for company coming. FrenchQuarter.com's been on the streets...

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By: Tara McLellan Top to bottom: Hové Parfumeurs Owner Amy van Calsem Wendel, Perfumed strips each featuring hand-blended Hové scents, Hové room scents and scented candles. When visiting Hové Parfumeurs in the heart of the French Quarter there are two things you can be sure of - the...

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By: Sally Reeves Top to bottom: The French Style Par Terre Garden of the Beauregard-Keyes House; An Ornamental Garden Wall of the Place d'Armes Hotel Ask Maria Stankus what she does for a living and she’ll tell you she does nothing. In a sense that’s true, but she does nothing so...

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Talking to Statues and Feeling the Blues: The Quarter’s Rich Street Performance Traditions

By: Ian McNulty French Quarter Street Performers & Artists Ask Maria Stankus what she does for a living and she’ll tell you she does nothing. In a sense that’s true, but she does nothing so well that people want to pose with her for photos and fill her tip jar with cash all...

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By: Jyl Benson Artists, architecture & entertainers near Jackson Square Before 1788, the French Quarter encompassed the entirety of New Orleans. Today the “old square “ (Vieux Carre), a six by twelve block parcel of land set on the inside of a bend in the Mississippi River,...

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By: FrenchQuarter.com Staff "Summer Dress" at Gallier House One sure sign that summer is here is the annual re-creation of the 19th Century housekeeping practice known as “Summer Dress”. White canvas slip covers, sheer window treatments and sisal rugs, now the rage in today’s...

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