As New Orleans developed, space became precious and many town lots were long and narrow as a distinctly urban architectural tone evolved. First with Creole influence in the French Quarter (Vieux Carre) and then the diversity of architectural styles in the Garden District. New Orleans became a plethora of cultures that defined its character.

The Garden District was the American cultural answer to the Creole French Quarter. Architecture in the Garden District became a fusion of classic styles with influences of Spanish, French, Italian and English architecture, and especially American Greek Revival. These gracious homes represented some of the best work of the leading-edge architects and builders of the 19th century.

In many residences, artists were brought from abroad to paint murals and portraits. Bronze and crystal chandeliers, exquisite mouldings, marble mantels and classic statuary were common. The exteriors of homes were equally impressive with diverse styles, ornate cast-iron work and fabulous gardens. While there is much variation in Garden District architecture that reflects the improvisational manner and diversity of New Orleans, the overall feeling is one of harmony.

Inspiration: New Orleans
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