The award-winning history of the entire length of one street from the Mississippi River to Bayou St. John is now in paperback format. New Orleans Architecture, Volume V: The Esplanade Ridge,
compiled by the Friends of the Cabildo, a leading preservation organization, focuses on the unified type of architecture along the 3.3 mile length of majestic Esplanade Avenue.
The Esplanade represents a treasure trove of nineteenth-century architecture, with every decade of the 1800s represented in this work. Included are French Colonial and Creole homes, American style frame and brick townhouses, Louisiana Plantation types, as well as Italianate Victorian, Second Empire, Edwardian, Mission, and City Beautiful Styles. Almost two hundred houses on the Esplanade were constructed prior to 1900, and all but five of the avenue’s blocks still contain historically important structures.
More than 350 photographs, paintings, and sketches many of them from archival sources are reproduced, along with a large map of Esplanade Avenue.