The Beauty of the Garden District

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New Orleans’ Garden District is known for its highly-preserved historic southern mansions and rich history. Unique homes and mansions adorn the roadsides and lush plant life paints the streets in bright green and shades of pink and red. Visitors are amazed by the elegant homes and the stylish setting that lends itself to a very relaxing and enjoyable experience for all.

In the 1800s, Americans made wealthy by cotton, sugar, insurance and shipping commissioned top architects to create classic homes in Italianate, Greek Revival and Victorian styles. The Garden District acquired its name from the elaborate gardens that once grew on the plots of most land owners during the 1800s .The result is a breathtaking neighborhood filled with picturesque homes and enchanting surroundings.  Each house looks vastly unique while still retaining certain elements, balconies and columns to name a few. Ironwork on fences, porches, and balconies flaunt great detail in their intricate patterns, much like the homes themselves.

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A common destination for those visiting the Garden District is the intersection of Prytania Street and Washington Avenue. This is the heart of the neighborhood, where you can find shopping, cafes and the historic Lafayette Cemetery #1. Located to the south, you can find Magazine Street, which provides an enjoyable shopping and dining experience for all of its visitors. Restaurant and dining selections are diverse and can satisfy any palette, with food choices ranging from traditional Creole cuisine at Commander’s Place, to foreign dishes at Coquette, from fine to casual dining, sit down venues to food trucks. Whatever your preference, Magazine Street is sure to have it.

Companions can take the Magazine Street Tour at the 24th International Sculpture Conference to explore the magnificent gardens, old-time barber shops, eccentric clothing stores, and the deep-rooted history of the Garden District. On this tour, Companions can get an all day pass on the city’s famed streetcars, (and buses), and easily hop on and off to enjoy an endless range of antique shops, art galleries, vintage clothes emporiums, boutiques with up and downscale treasures. They can also stop for a culinary treat at any number of bistros, sweet shops, and drinking holes.

Be sure to check out this list of the 5 Must-See Houses and Icons of Architecture in the Garden District with this article by gonola.com.

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