The day in the Garden District continued after Lafayette Cemetery with a walk around the neighborhoods to see the houses. Some are famous, some not as much, but they all look interesting. And the morning sun created some very nice views.
The neighborhood is filled with examples of different metalwork, lattice design, and gardens. Surprisingly, the streets were empty on this very sunny morning, as opposed to the cemetery which had been quite full. While tours are available, the neighborhood is very safe and you can save money by just walking around with a small guide book as tours do not take you inside the houses (many of which are residential housing).
Colonel Short’s Villa was the first famous house we sought out. It is known for the metalwork of the fence that includes the use of corn stalks (as pictured below).
The Koch-Mays House is the first one we came across that is also the home of a celebrity – Sandra Bullock bought the house back in 2010 (click the link for interior shots).
Many houses I saw in the French District in New Orleans are brightly colored. The Garden District has it’s share as well.
Some of the houses had their gates open, so we could peek into the yards and see the gardens and yard work done all over the neighborhood.
Around the corner we found the Women’s Opera Guild House.
Directly across the street was one of the more disturbing examples of Halloween decorations:
Ironically, next door to the house with the hanging corpses is Our Mother of Perpetual Help. This building was once owned by the Catholic Church, then by Anne Rice, and currently by Nicolas Cage – who is trying to sell it. I was more interested in the sculptures on the yard than the house, which is blocked off by a lot of trees and doesn’t present the best view from the street (inside the gate with a massive no trespassing sign is a different story).
Down the block is the Bradish-Johnson House, which is also the Louise S. McGehee School. It’s an all girls school with a massive yard.
Finally, we have the Anne Rice house, more popularly known as Rosegate. It inspired most of her books settings, specifically The Mayfair Witches books and Interview With the Vampire. While Rice lived there, the house was opened two days a week for tours. That is no longer so. She moved out in 2004. Rumor has it the house is haunted.
Next up: Not really sure. Might be more New Orleans, might be some NYC. I’ll let it be a surprise as I make up my mind for next week.