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Audubon Building: 1910

Audubon Building: 1910

New Orleans circa 1910. "Audubon Building, Canal and Burgundy Sts." This former office building is now the Saint Hotel. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

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Mind your P's and Q's in this vicinity

On the fourth floor it looks like the Pinkerton Detective Agency has an office. Better behave yourself.

Also home of

.. the Burgundy Bar and Tempt restaurant, which is sadly closed.

New Orleans balconies

I love those ornate cast iron 'galleries.' That type of galleries began with the two storey examples on the Pontalba Buildings on Jackson Square, completed in 1851. They set a fashion for others to follow. Below the lower Pontalba Building, photographed by Frances Benjamin Johnston, well known by Shorpy-fans.

Audubon canceled?

Both the Audubon Building and the Audubon Hotel in New Orleans changed their names within the past decade: the building to the Saint, the hotel to the Quisby.

Probably coincidental, but ironically just in time. The Audubon name is in big trouble today because the ornithologist was a slave owner and white supremacist. (The Audubon Society issued a statement in 2020 that it is "time to bring to the fore" his "ethical failings.")

Plus he shot all those birds before he painted them.

Life follows glass

"Marshall Field and Co" proclaims the lettering from the fifth-floor window
-- presumably an import office, since Nawlins was a major port. It's certainly gone from that window now, as it is from everywhere else (but memory, alas).

It looked better then

A lot of ornate metal has been lost -- three stories of shade and balconies on the building to the left, the oversized coach lights flanking the front doors, the metal awning has been replaced but with something way less inspiring. And it didn't have those stupid looking palm trees!

Now Canonized

And known as the Saint Hotel.

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