Nearly 400 side-by-side photographs (many never before published) dating from 1847 to the present compare views as captured from the street, roof, and air in this visual exploration of the Crescent City. Referred to by some as the City That Care Forgot, New Orleans does, in fact, bear some scars caused by the ravages of time, nature, and “progress.” During the past 150 years, these afflictions have removed several estimable edifices from the cityscape.
Many more, however, have been painstakingly and caringly preserved for generations. St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo, and the French Market stand as they have for centuries. Meanwhile, other, more recent constructions, like the Louisiana Superdome, have drastically altered not only their surroundings but New Orleans as a whole.
Following in the tradition of Pelican’s award-winning New Orleans Architecture Series, New Orleans Then and Now offers readers a glimpse of some of the most renowned and impressive architectural marvels of the city-tragedies and triumphs intact.