The fourth volume of the acclaimed series captures in more than 400 photographs and text the distinctive architecture of the six creole faubourgs, or neighborhoods, of the modern city of New Orleans. As in all books in the series, emphasis is placed on historic documentation, with a goal of preserving important structures. Twelve distinct architectural types germane to the faubourgs are defined, identified, and analyzed. Also included is a chapter on the craftsmanship of the many free persons of color who contributed significantly to the city’s architecture.
Researched by The Friends of the Cabildo, one of the nation’s leading preservation organizations, the oversize volume was compiled by Roulhac Toledano, Sally Evans, and Mary Louise Christovich, all of New Orleans. A history of the faubourgs by Samuel Wilson, Jr. is featured as well. The books photographs, both color and black and white, were the work of Betsy Swanson, photographer for the first three volumes of the series.