By Roulhac B. Toledano
House Plans by Gate Pratt
A stunning presentation of nineteenth-century color gouache and watercolor archival drawings and paintings of New Orleans neighborhoods from the New Orleans Notarial Archives, this volume pays tribute to the tremendous architectural richness of the Crescent City in its presentation of what old, renovated, restored, and new buildings not only might look like, but how they should look. An educational tool, home-builder’s resource, architectural pattern book, city planner’s handbook, and visual treasure, this beautiful volume invites its readers to walk down the avenues of New Orleans past to examine the footprints of the city’s original edifices in preparation for rebuilding and restoring the city to its authentic self. Photographs of examples of house types, historic plans for each house, and contemporary adaptive use floor plans to fit the original blueprints developed by architects are among the highlights of this volume.
Organized by type of house, this handsome book also includes separate sections covering the history of the archival drawings, neighborhood plans, and information about the surveyors and engineers who designed the city. The types of New Orleans residences included range from the French colonial plantation home to the Creole cottage, the American townhouse, and a variety of shotgun styles. In a conversational yet erudite tone, award-winning author and architectural historian Roulhac B. Toledano examines the characteristic elements of each architectural style and discusses the authentic materials and techniques used for original construction.
About the Author
Roulhac B. Toledano is a prominent lecturer, authority on historical architecture, and artist. The recipient of the prestigious American Institute of Architects International Book Award, she has worked to preserve historic architecture by cofounding several preservation organizations such as the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans. She has edited, compiled, and contributed to various art history, architecture, and biographical works, including François Coty: Fragrance, Power, Money; William Aiken Walker: Southern Genre Painter; and four volumes of the New Orleans Architecture Series, all published by Pelican. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
ARCHITECTURE / Historic Preservation
ARCHITECTURE / Domestic
256 pp. 9 x 12
30 color photos 35 b/w photos 121 color illus.
25 b/w illus. 1 Map Biblio. Index