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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.

 

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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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