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The Tower: 1937

The Tower: 1937

New Orleans circa 1937. "The Tower, 1015 Chartres Street." 8x10 inch negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston, channeling Jimmy Stewart. View full size.

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The Chateau Hotel

The address is 1001 Chartres Street. I stay there every year when I visit New Orleans. Amazing hotel right in the heart of the Quarter. I've stayed in the rooms to the left and the right of the "tower" many times.

The tower today

It's August 11, 2010, the rain is drizzling, the calliope on the steamboat is playing "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise" and "The Tower" is still there behind the house on Chartres Street. Photo isn't great because it's from my cellphone, but the copper patina roof is clearly visible. Click to enlarge.

Laundry paraphernalia

There are big sinks up on each balcony, too.

Keep the floors clean

I love the little pair of shoes on the steps outside the door!

Stella !!

Whenever I see these old New Orleans courtyard scenes on Shorpy.

Most sweet

The little white baby shoes carefully placed, waiting on the back steps. Their owner must be in his seventies today.

What is wooden figure attached to the upright above the woman's head? Some kind of folk-art? Does it serve a purpose aside from adornment?

"Rear Window"

Nawlins style.

She is luminous

And I can't help but stare at her.

This could inspire a novel!

What a courtyard scene - I can make up dramas that would fit here easily! Still there today of course, but now there's a pool in the courtyard. Would love to know the story of this architecture!

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