Ten years ago tomorrow marks the day Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast. A few months ago, I visited New Orleans for the first time in 25 years. The city has mounted an amazing comeback—with good humor and resiliency, creativity and spirit. It’s a place that hits every note. If you’re thinking of going to New Orleans, do it!
As a little love message, I’d like to share a few photos from my trip. These highlight the different styles of architecture around the city. Some of these areas were completely underwater when the levees failed after the hurricane. (You may also want to check out this post from two New Orleans cemeteries.)
This French Quarter building with the ironwork and balconies seems like quintessential New Orleans
One of the magnificent homes in the Garden District. This home below was for sale a few years ago for a mere $9.5 million. It has seven bedrooms and an elevator.
I love how the iron scrollwork framing the porch looks like lace.
In 1924, William Faulkner came to New Orleans to visit writer Sherwood Anderson who lived nearby. He took a room in the small apartment building below. The street is named Pirate’s Alley (cool!) and the house is now a bookstore. You know I bought a book (or five).
It’s Mardi Gras all year round at this house. See the beads hanging on the fence? This is a two-family home. The two doors on the porch are separate entrances.
Colorful buildings in the Marigny, a neighborhood just east of the French Quarter. This was a great area to listen to live music.
A “shotgun” style home in the Faubourg St. John neighborhood. From Wkipedia: “Shotgun houses consist of three to five rooms in a row with no hallways and have a narrow, rectangular structure.”
A very bright (!) home in the Treme. Some people say that this neighborhood was where jazz began. President Obama was visiting this area yesterday, most of which was under several feet of water after the levee failure.
The city has indeed made a great comeback, but there is still work to be done. One organization that has been helping with the recovery efforts is Rebuilding Together New Orleans. Check them out if you’d like to help.
Have a great weekend, everyone!