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Pattern Book of New Orleans Architecture, A

Roulhac Toledano

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ISBN 10: 1589806948 / ISBN 13: 9781589806948
Published by Pelican Publishing, 2010
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Title: Pattern Book of New Orleans Architecture, A

Publisher: Pelican Publishing

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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New Orleans architecture as it was, is, and should be. A stunning presentation of 19th-century gouache and watercolor archival paintings of New Orleans neighborhoods, this volume presents what old, renovated, restored, and new buildings not only might look like, but how they should look. An educational tool, architectural pattern book, city planner's handbook, and visual treasure, this resource invites its readers to study the footprints of the city's original edifices in order to rebuild and restore with authenticity. Examples of each New Orleans house type, historic plans for each house, and contemporary adaptive-use floor plans are highlighted.

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"Like dancing in the Garden of Earthly Delights, Roulhac B. Toledano's A Pattern Book of New Orleans Architecture is an enchanting waltz through the heart of the Crescent City choreographed by the doyenne of New Orleans' preservationists. She presents two centuries of colored renderings from the New Orleans Notarial Archives in a stunning visual portrait of the city's built heritage, while architect Gate Pratt's pattern book of new homes designed in authentic styles provides an indispensible resource for rebuilding efforts. This work is destined to become the quintessential bible for historians, preservationists, architects, and all those interested in the true story of the architectural traditions that have shaped the 'real' New Orleans."
--Russell Versaci, AIA, traditional architect and author of Creating a New Old House and Roots of Home

"For architects, builders, and developers working in the Crescent City, Roulhac B. Toledano's A Pattern Book of New Orleans Architecture reveals an extraordinary new design resource. Toledano describes in detail the evolution of the city and the building types that have given the city a character unique in the world. Modern floor plans designed by local architects for historic house types demonstrate that the traditional architectural patterns of New Orleans are as accommodating today as in the past. For local practitioners and visitors wishing to build in New Orleans, Toledano's pattern book is essential for sensitive and thoughtful design in this most exotic and precious city."
--Paul Ostergaard, AIA, Urban Design Associates, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This presentation of nineteenth-century gouache and watercolor archival paintings from the New Orleans Notarial Archives offers a glimpse at what old, renovated, restored, and new buildings in New Orleans neighborhoods not only might look like, but how they should look. Including examples of each New Orleans house type, ranging from the French colonial plantation home to the Creole cottage, this volume offers historic plans for each house along with contemporary adaptive-use alternatives to suit modern needs.

An architectural pattern book, educational tool, city planner's handbook, and stunning visual presentation, this gorgeous resource is intended for all interested in historic preservation and architectural history as well as those wishing to build a modern home in an authentic New Orleans style.

An award-winning author of more than a dozen books, Roulhac B. Toledano is a prominent lecturer and an authority on historical architecture. The recipient of the American Institute of Architects International Book Award and the Society of Architectural Historians' Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award, she works as an artist, writer, and preserver of historic American treasures. Toledano is the co-author of Pelicans William Aiken Walker: Southern Genre Painter and Francois Coty: Fragrance, Power, Money. Working with noted photographers and architectural historians, she helped to develop the New Orleans Architecture Series, of which she coauthored four books.

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