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From Dusk to Dawn: A Depression Era Guide To New Orleans


The Garden District

Going uptown (or south) from Canal Street, one reaches the Garden District, bounded by St. Charles, Jackson, and Louisiana Avenues and by Magazine Street. Built nearly a hundred years ago, it is a beautiful section today, recalling an earlier, happier, and more leisurely period. Here stand large, handsome houses built by the first Americans who came to Louisiana after the Purchase in 1803. The houses are set deep in gardens; there are broad verandas (called galleries in Louisiana) and the large white columns of the Greek Revival. There are graceful cast iron railings, white doorways bright through vines and palm trees, andhigh brick walls enclosing gardens which blossom with magnolias, crepe-myrtles, oleanders, azaleas, and gardenias. There is scarcely a day in theyear when flowers cannot be seen.

Continuing uptown beyond the Garden District, we find more broad avenues lined with great trees and well-kept lawns and gardens. This section extends for miles. St. Charles Avenue is the main thoroughfare, and the adjoining streets are filled with pleasing houses and gardens. The residential district is full of charm. Even the humbler homes have flowers and well-kept hedges; and there are large and beautiful parks.New Orleans is a city that lives outdoors in summertime.

St. Charles Avenue eventually reaches Carrollton Avenue, and this neighborhood was once the separately incorporated town of Carrollton.


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