Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Gorgeous New Orleans Homes....Now what's that architectural style called??

Architecture Moment: Gorgeous New Orleans Homes....Now what's that architectural style called?

Every time I visit New Orleans I fall in love with the city. It is a huge place that is comprised of organized blocks with picture perfect historic southern homes, live music and great local restaurants that echo friendly people and diverse crowds. The trolley on St. Charles (and throughout the city) only adds to the comfortable and easy feel of New Orleans.

But I really, really love the architecture in New Orleans. I wanted to know the specific styles in the various houses and neighborhoods so I did a little research and thanks to prcno I found a little guide to get everything straight. So, let's get started!

1. The Creole Cottage (below): Usually a single story home set at or near ground level. Symmetrical four-opening facade wall, usually sat on the front of the property line (so no yard). Brick or wood exterior, steeply pitched roof. Built 1790-1850. Found in Vieux-Carre, Faubourg Marigny, New Marigny, Esplanade Ridge and a few other neighborhoods.

2. American Townhouse (below): Narrow three story home set near ground level and close to the front of the property line. Two windows with the front door to left or right. Balcony is very common on second floor. Found in the Central Business District and Lower Garden District Brick or stuccoed exterior. Built as urban residences 1820-1850s.

3. Raised Center Hall Cottage (below): One and a half story raised two to eight feet above ground on brick piers. Full width front porch (gallery) usually supported by 6 columns. There are 5 openings (usually 2 windows on each side with the door in the very middle). Side gabled roof usually with a dormer in the center and usually made of wood. Located in Bywater, Garden District, Uptown, Esplanade Ridge, and Carrollton. Built until 1870.

4. Shotgun House (below): Usually one story, but many with second story set at raer of house (camelback). narrow, rectangular structure raised on brick piers. Most have a narrow porch, roof supports by columns and often a Victorian ornamentation. Usually wood exterior and is the predominant house in New Orleans (found everywhere). Built until 1910.

5. Double Gallery House (below): Two story house raised on brick piers. Side gabled or hipped roof. House is set back from property line and has covered porches (galleries) frame (supported) bycolumns. Two windows on each level with door on right or left. Usually the exterior is wood, brick or stuccoed brick. Found in the Lower Garden District, Uptown, and Esplanade Ridge. Built 1820-1850.

So now that you know the names of the styles,
Here are just a few more for fun:

1 comment:

  1. LOVE the architecture there! the shotgun home style has always intrigued me. i saw it a lot in selma, alabama, as well. never been inside one but i'm interested to see how the narrow space is used to its full potential.