New Orleans: A Walk Through the Garden District

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).

Colonel Short’s Villa – complete with corncobs on the fence posts.

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).

The Koch-Mays house. Really interesting design with the metalwork, semi-dome, and porches.

Second floor porch with lattice work and a small balcony inside the triangle of the roof of the Koch-Mays House.

Many houses I saw in the French District in New Orleans are brightly colored. The Garden District has it’s share as well.

It’s a bright pink house in the morning.

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.

A slightly dying palm tree in the front yard of a southern villa.

A very large villa and some excellent gardens in the front yard.

Now that is a massive porch. I’d love to have a house with one of those someday.

A canary yellow house surrounded by gardens and a nice fence.

I love this wall and trellis over the sidewalk. Very cool looking.

Around the corner we found the Women’s Opera Guild House.

The Women’s Opera Guild House.

Directly across the street was one of the more disturbing examples of Halloween decorations:

Why yes, those are hanging bodies for Halloween decorations. Not scary at all…

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).

Found in the yard of Our Mother of Perpetual Hope – a massive house, not a church, at least not any longer.

Close up of the Virgin and Child. Really cool shadow play due to the metal gazebo.

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.

The Bradish Johnson House and Louise S. McGehee School. They have a massive yard, but not much in view that shows off the flora.

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.

Anne Rice’s former house. It’s also known as Rosegate.

The front facade of Rosegate – look at the surrounding fence.

A close up of the “roses” on the fence. I think they look more like skulls.

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.

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About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel T5i with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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