Saturday, March 5, 2011

Thematic Photographic - Doubles

"Thematic Photographic" - Carmi at the blog Written, Inc. presents a weekly themed photographic challenge. This week's theme is DOUBLES.

When I travel and immerse myself in an inspiring environment, I tend to filter everything through that lens.

And so when Carmi posted the latest theme for sharing photography, I went right to my New Orleans photos, and found this picture.

New Orleans is rich with vernacular styles of domestic architecture. This style is known as the Double-Gallery House.

Typically found in the Garden District, Uptown, and Mid-City neighborhoods, this style dates from between 1820 and 1850. It's a variation on the typical urban row house.

The most important characteristic is the two-story facade, with galleries - or porches - on both levels, with columns and tall windows, designed to circulate the breeze in the summer, and with shutters to bar against storms.

They're often embellished with intricate and gingerbread woodwork, like this house on Magazine Street.

The house at the start of this post is sited on a corner, and has galleries on both the facade on St. Charles Avenue, and on the side street.

This house, also facing St. Charles Avenue, is narrower, and doesn't include side galleries.

A Double-Gallery house is perfect for watching the Mardi Gras parades that roll from Napoleon Avenue to Canal Street down St. Charles Avenue.

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Vicki said...

I love your take on the theme. The double porches are beautiful!

that guy said...

very cool pics...very good take on the theme!

i love that style of architechture...
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21 Wits said...

I had a feeling you would have the perfect double from your great trip...oh I could live in that house in a second!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

How much better to live in New Orleans in the age of air-conditioning?

Max Sartin said...

Beautiful architecture. I love front porches, that was one requirement when I went house hunting. Great pictures, thanks!

Bob Scotney said...

Interesting architecture - a double I've learned about thanks to your pictures.

Sue said...

You really get creative with your examples of the "word" and I love that. These homes are so gorgeous...wouldn't you love to have those porches?

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a perfect topic for the theme. The house is gorgeous. So are your photos. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary