Garden District Mansion

Michelle Smith

New Orleans, United States

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Quintessential Garden District Mansion in the American section of New Orleans, aka Uptown. It has Ionic columns on the ground floor and fancier Corinthian ones on the top, meant to draw the eye upward driving home the idea of wealth and prosperity of its occupants.

The Creoles of downtown New Orleans were none too keen on the new American influx into the city after the Louisiana Purchase, so they settled the area upriver of the French Quarter and Downtown, and made their new houses look quite different from the old city, where the houses were more narrow, set close together, right up to the banquette, or sidewalk, and were arranged on central courtyards.

Shutters provide privacy, security, and helped keep sunlight out to keep the house cool before the days of air conditioning. The pale blue you see on most porches ceilings here is called ‘haint blue’ and is said to trick wasps into thinking it is sky so they won’t build nests in addition to keeping evil spirits away.

Today the Uptown is made up of many lovely neighborhoods with a diverse housing stock and gorgeous trees and gardens.

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