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The Courtyard: 1903

The Courtyard: 1903

New Orleans circa 1903. "Old Spanish courtyard." Is the bar open yet? 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Any Ideas...

...what that board thing hanging down between the two brick/stucco pillars is?

Perfect example

Though by the time this photo was made this residence had decidedly tipped from genteel into shabby, the house illustrates the Mediterranean concept of a city residence very well: built out to the front property line, usually the sidewalk, and most of the rooms giving onto the internal patio/courtyard or galleries facing same. Fresh air (or what passes for it in Summertime New Orleans) and absinthe -- gracious living in the pre-Freon era.

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