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Audubon Place: 1906

Audubon Place: 1906

New Orleans circa 1906. "Audubon Place." A private, gated street developed in the 1890s next to Tulane University. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Historic Streetcar Line

Tracks set in a grass boulevard are in use today by streetcars on St. Charles Avenue. It's considered the world's longest continuously operating streetcar line, starting in 1835.

Enviable position

In 1906 this exclusive, gated neighborhood demonstrated what it means to be on the right side of the tracks, literally and figuratively. As we see in the recent image, the exclusive set any more must settle for just figuratively. Not a hardship, obviously.

Even more private now

Here is the entrance to Audubon Place today. If you swing to the left and look down St. Charles Ave., you'll see two of the historic streetcars have just passed each other. The entrance is still beautiful, but Google Street View was not allowed to cruise through it. So, I found this 2018 YouTube video when No. 18 was up for bankruptcy auction. Curiously, that mansion is for sale now, zip code 70118.

Which brings me to a pet peeve. In 2018 you'll see the library has dark wood paneling. In 2022 the library has been painted entirely white. Almost all the ceilings and walls in the entire house are nearly the same shade of bright white, including the wood paneling. It's a sin to paint over good wood grain and all white ceilings and walls make every room look like the inside of a refrigerator.

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