New Orleans Architecture: The Esplanade Ridge: 5 Paperback – 28 February 1995
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"New Orleans is one of America's richest architectural possessions. . . . These architecture books lay a solid foundation in the field, are a great gift to general historians, and, as the authors hoped, have contributed immeasurably to the maintenance of extant architectural treasures."
This award-winning volume compiled by the Friends of the Cabildo focuses on the architecture along the length of majestic Esplanade Avenue from the Mississippi River to Bayou St. John.
The Esplanade Ridge represents a treasure-trove of nineteenth-century architecture. Included are French-Colonial and Creole homes, American-style frame and brick townhouses, Louisiana plantation buildings, as well as Italianate Victorian, Second Empire, Edwardian, Mission, and City Beautiful styles. More than 350 modern and archival photographs, paintings, and sketches are reproduced along with a large map of Esplanade Avenue.
About the Author
Betsy Swanson earned a bachelor of fine arts degree with distinction in art from Newcomb College in 1959 and was awarded the master of fine arts by Tulane University in 1966. She is a coauthor of New Orleans Architecture Volume II: The American Sector (pb) and a photographer for New Orleans Architecture Volume VI: Faubourg TremÈ and the Bayou Road (pb). Ms. Swanson lives in Harahan, Louisiana.
- Publisher : Pelican Publishing Company (28 February 1995)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1565540727
- ISBN-13 : 978-1565540729
- Dimensions : 22.86 x 1.12 x 29.26 cm
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This is a serious work of architectural history, and is meant to support scholarly research of this area in New Orleans. Its illustrations are dated, but they are still excellent. The buildings included in the catalog are all of the landmark structures along the Avenue. Photographs, where they are included at all, are vintage black and white. The text is really the feature here, and it places the buildings (mostly high-style houses) in historical, cultural, and architectural contexts. The discussion is never dry, and is insightful and lively if you're into this sort of thing. The author is highly critical and does not attempt to spare the reader a sharp, sometimes elitist, tone.
This is NOT a book filled with glossy color photographs, and it is not a standard travel guide in any sense of the word. I would recommend the book to architectural historians, local historians, and serious heritage tourists. The book is a relatively fragile paperback volume, but it should prove easy to handle as a field guide.