galatoires Yesterday I flew home to New Orleans for Christmas. My journey was typical, filled people curious about the city.  The cab driver asked about the situation in New Orleans post Katrina.  A flight attendant, proclaimed her jealousy about my trip all while constantly mispronouncing the city's name. For the record, it is pronounced New Or-lons not New Or-leans as it is spelled. A bit of a surprise was that I picked up the in-flight magazine only to discover New Orleans Rebirth is the feature.

I realized instantly that I sometimes forget how incredible my home town is.  The spirit of this city, the culture, the people continues to go strong despite considerable adversity.  While I was reading, images came to mind of some of my favorite areas in town,  the Garden District, the French Quarter, Algiers, Metairie.  I fell in love with architecture here and started my path into the design profession because of this stunning city.  I love the following photographs by West Freeman.   The photo on the left is a shot of the french quarter featuring world renown restaurant, Galatoire's.

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Oddly, the Keyes house above is the first building I ever drew.  It would be awesome if I still had that old sketch book, curious to see what it will look like now.

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The Historical corner of Royal & Dumaine St and the captivating St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square, the oldest cathedral in North America

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Wall Detail at the Napoleon House

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Gallier House Back Porch and Home interior at 623 Bourbon Street

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Lafitte's Blacksmith in the French Quarter

And there is so much more - Big thanks to New Orleans for being such an inspiration.

Photos from West Freeman

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