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Almost every architectural style exists in New Orleans, making the city a paradise for anyone who appreciates architecture. There are grand public buildings and modest Creole cottages, elegant mansions and narrow townhouses. Each style reflects a different part of New Orleans' past.

Few cities have such an eclectic mix of housing as New Orleans. Creole Cottages are some of the oldest such structures in the city, dating from as early as the 1790s. These one story homes are set close to the street, with front porches that make them welcoming and neighborly. Creole Townhouses line many streets in the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny; built after the Great New Orleans fire of 1788, they feature thick brick or stucco walls. Double-Gallery Houses have two stories, hipped or side-gabled roofs, and expansive porches and balconies. They are found primarily in the Uptown and Garden Districts, and along the Esplanade Ridge.

The Old Ursaline Convent in the French Quarter is thought to be the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley. Built in the mid 1700s, it is the only remaining French-colonial building in the United States. The Cabildo, on Chartres Street, has been called the second most important American building. It was the location of the signing of the Louisiana Purchase. The Presbytere, built nearby and designed to match the Cabildo, was a residence for Capuchin monks and later a courthouse. Both of these buildings are now part of the Louisiana State Museum complex.

To delve into the architecture of New Orleans is a great way to grasp its history, and vice versa. You are very likely sleeping in one of the city's historic buildings - your New Orleans bed and breakfast.

La Belle Esplanade

Phone: 504-301-1424

La Belle Esplanade was built in 1883, originally as a two family home on Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans' "Creole Millionaire's Row." Original features preserved throughout the house. Twelve and a half foot ceilings, antique claw foot tubs, original heart of pine floors. Esplanade Avenue is a beautiful street of well-maintained picturesque mansions and the neighborhood is full of architectural curiosities.
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Auld Sweet Olive Bed and Breakfast

Phone: 504-947-4332

Built in the 1850s for a wealthy New Orleanian family, our B&B has retained its Victorian charm while also being fully renovated for 21st century comfort. Some of our Creole home's outstanding features are: the comfortable double-parlor painted by artist Stuart Auld, our sumptuous stained glass windows overlooking the verandah, and a grand hallway with 14' ceilings. Our neighborhood, the Faubourg Marigny, has all the architectural charm of the French Quarter next door, while still remaining primarily residential. Colorful and diverse, the homes here are like no other in the world.
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B&W Courtyards

Phone: (504) 322-0474
Toll Free: 800-585-5731
B&W Courtyards has won the Mayor's Golden Hammer award for architectural restoration.
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Canal Street Inn

Phone: 504-483-3033

One cannot visit New Orleans without falling in love with her historic architecture. And what better way than to experience this intimately by staying in such a unique example as the Canal Street Inn? Created in 1912 and lovingly restored in 2000, this inn is a living example of what makes New Orleans so charming. Your innkeeper, Monica Ramsey, will make sure your stay is a memorable event.
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Chez Palmiers

Phone: 504.324.4059

One of the greatest pleasures of visiting New Orleans is indulging in its architecture. The Faubourg Marigny, our neighborhood, is home to the largest concentration of historic home styles in the nation--predominantly shotguns and Creole cottages. As an architect and student of historic architecture and preservation, David is always happy to chat with guests about this rich part of New Orleans. Throughout our home you'll find many books on architecture and the historic architecture of our beloved city.
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Pierre Coulon Guest House

Phone: 504-943-6692 or 504-250-0965
Toll Free: 877-943-6692
Come stay with us in the heart of the Faubourg Marigny. Experience real New Orleans history in our 1831 Creole cottage! It doesn't get more New Orleans than this!!
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La Dauphine, Residence des Artistes

Phone: 504-948-2217

Each room has books about the local architecture (and also food). As a realtor in the Historic DIstricts of the French Quarter and Marigny, Ray is knowledgeable about the aesthetics and architectural styles of the indigenous Creoles in New Orleans. Almost every house is different in the historic neighborhoods. No "cookie cutter" ranch homes here :-) Lots of funky, old, marvelous places abound.
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Grand Victorian

Phone: 504-895-1104
Toll Free: 800-977-0008
If you are looking for a taste of history in your journey to New Orleans, this is the place to be. The Grand Victorian, designed and built in 1893 by famed New Orleans architect Thomas Sully (1855-1937), is a true period masterpiece. This Queen Anne Victorian house was originally built for Francis Johnson and his family. There are original drawings/plans of the house and millwork at Tulane University's Architectural Library. Thomas Sully and his business partner, James Feret, are known for beginning the first architectural firm in New Orleans. Enjoy the unique architecture of the city through one of the Garden District walking tours just steps from the Grand Victorian.
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Terrell House

Phone: 504-247-0560
Toll Free: 866-261-9687
The Buildings and architecture of New Orleans are reflective of the History of New Orleans and the city's multicultural heritage. New Orleans is world famous for its plethora of unique architectural styles, from creole cottages to the grand mansions on St. Charles, from the balconies of the French Quarter to an Egyptian Revival Customs House and a rare example of a Moorish revival church. The city boasts fine examples of almost every architectural style, from the Baroque Cabildo to the modernist skyscrapers of the Central Business District.
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Southern Comfort Bed and Breakfast

Phone: 504-895-3680
Toll Free: 888-769-3868
Built in 1910, the Southern Comfort has a great deal of architectural charm to offer. From its eleven-foot cove ceilings, oak and mahogany inlaid floors, and paneled pocket cypress doors, the architectural details of the inn provides a glimpse of the beauty and craftsmanship of times gone by. With three guest rooms, lush gardens, and common areas furnished in period pieces, our guests can enjoy all the special touches of this beautiful plantation cottage while taking advantage of the personal attention only a small New Orleans Garden District bed and breakfast can provide.
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Chimes Bed and Breakfast

Phone: 504-899-2621, 504 453-2183

The Chimes B&B is located in one the city's most unique neighborhoods where leisurely walks are full of architectural delights. The Uptown/Garden District has Creole cottages built 1790-1850, raised center-hall cottages built in 1803-1870, double-gallery houses 1820-1850 and shotgun houses from 1850-1910. Pick up some coffee before breakfast and stroll through the neighborhood.
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Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast

Phone: 504-269-2640
Toll Free: 800-490-8542
Thomas Sully (1855-1937) was the leading architect in New Orleans during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Mr. Sully designed the Avenue Inn for the Picard family in 1889 and the structure was completed in 1891. The home is an example of the Queen Anne style of the period. The architecture is characterized by the wrap around front porch; fish scale wood shingles on the upper portions of the exterior walls; rooster-comb finials and ridge cresting clay tiles. There are carved wood medallions and ornaments that were unique to Mr. Sully's style and projects. Examples can be found throughout the Picard Mansion.Innkeepers Joe and Bebe invite you to come and experience the talent of this prolific designer who made such a magnificent contribution to New Orleans' architectural history
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La Maison Marigny B&B on Bourbon

Phone: (504) 948-3638
Toll Free: (800) 570-2014
La Maison Marigny's unique location offers guests the opportunity to explore the 18th and 19th century architecture of both the French Quarter and the Faubourg Marigny, a neighborhood often described as the "French Quarter before commercialism." Amateur photographers love taking a morning stroll around our neighborhoods for some amazing shots of New Orleans' architectural gems.
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Banana Courtyard Bed & Breakfast

Phone: 504-947-4475
Toll Free: 800-842-4748
Love diverse architecture? New Orleans French Quarter and ALL historic neighborhoods, like Faubourg Marigny, the Garden District, Uptown, Algiers, Point, the Irish Channel, Bywater and Mid-City offer everything from large splenidid mansions, modest workmens houses, frilly, refined, just some of the styles that impart character and vibrancy to our city. Houses from the 1700s, 1800s, Antibellum, and Arts & Crafts era, Italianate, Victorian, Creole cottages, shotgun singles and doubles, camelback townhouses, double gallery houses, Victorian/Creole side hall cottages LIKE OURS, center hall houses, raised basement homes, bungalows, Greek Revival, Eastlake. Architectural detail like rooster comb finials, fish scale shingles, turned wood columns, bulleye's, architraves, spindles and more
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The Burgundy Bed and Breakfast

Phone: 1-504-261-9477

The Burgundy Bed and Breakfast is located in the Faubourg Marigny, designated in 2009 as one of America's 10 great neighborhoods by the American Planning Association. The neighborhood boasts an abundance of all styles and types of houses from approx. 1820 - 1920. The Burgundy itself is an Eastlake Victorian double shotgun. We have preserved the original architectural details and attempted to maintain its original character when converting to a B&B (adding bathrooms, doors).
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Little Eazy Guest House

Phone: 504-949-5292

The Little Eazy is located in the Faubourg Marigny. The neighborhood has both the creole cottages and the shot-gun homes. Walking from block to block you will see the mix of both the homes built throughout the history of New Orleans. Then 3 blocks away you cross into the French Quarter filled with the courtyard building and churches. A great mix of everything within walking distance.
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HH Whitney House on the Historic Esplanade

Phone: 504-948-9448
Toll Free: 800-924-9448
Architectural elegance is the hallmark of this beautiful Italianate style home. Ceiling medallions adorn the foyer, dining room, parlor and solarium, while the main focal point of the bed and breakfast's interior is the convergence of three separate archways which extend over the double-parlor and solarium. The union of these arches reaches toward the floor and is suspended effortlessly in mid-air.
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