Saturday, December 3, 2016
St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 is well laid out with a straight center aisle and parallel side aisles. It is the largest Creole cemetery in the city, and is known for its particularly ornate Antebellum ironwork. It is also home to Jacques N.B. de Pouilly (the architect of the St. Louis Cathedral and many fine tombs within the cemetery), Alexandre Milne, and the pirate Dominique You.
The church consecrated it for burials in August 1823, after the City Council determined that the “miasmas” from St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 were damaging to the health of the citizens. From contemporary maps, the cemetery is shown as one continuous piece of property running from Canal to St. Louis Streets. The division into squares was done when Iberville, Bienville, Conti and St. Louis Streets were cut through.
St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 was the site of SOC’s first restoration project, the wall vaults surrounding the cemetery. In 1974, the Archdiocese of New Orleans proposed to tear down the wall vaults and replace them with a chain link fence. Preservationists in the city were appalled, and SOC was founded in response. Over the next 10 years, working with the Archdiocese, the City, the local mason’s union, and other preservation organizations, SOC was able to restore the wall vaults.
Save Our Cemeteries is the only non-profit in New Orleans that offers cemetery tours. A portion of your tour ticket price will benefit Save Our Cemeteries’ education and restoration efforts.
Friday, December 2, 2016
Narrative courtesy of Save Our Cemeteries:
On an area once known as Metairie Ridge, this cemetery is one of New Orleans’ largest and most historic resting grounds. The history of the cemetery dates back to its days as a racetrack, and the oval shape of the track can still be seen on the property today. However, it was converted to a cemetery following the Civil War. The decision to turn the land into a cemetery was accompanied by desires to make it resemble the rural cemeteries of the east, with spacious, landscaped grounds, lakes, and broad roads connecting smaller paths.
A charter was granted to the Metairie Cemetery Association in May of 1872. It was planned and designed by the architect Benjamin F. Harrod, who also designed the receiving vault that exists to this day near the cemeteries’ entrance. The cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991, bestowing a great honor on one of the cities’ most prized cemeteries.
Metairie Cemetery holds the graves of over 9,000 people, amongst those many distinctive persons and families. It includes at least nine governors of the state of Louisiana; seven mayors of New Orleans; 49 kings of Carnival; and three Confederate generals, including P.G.T. Beauregard and Richard “Dick” Taylor, son of U.S. President Zachary Taylor. Jefferson Davis, the only president of the Confederate States of America, was entombed here temporarily after his death in New Orleans in 1889. Louis Prima, the world-famous singer and entertainer, is also buried here, as is Marguerite Clark (an early movie actress) and Harry Williams (her sportsman husband).
Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery
Thursday, December 1, 2016
The days are getting shorter.
There's a chill in the air.
Nothing warms the soul like a bowl of cafe au lait.
Try one at City Park's Morning Call.
Beignets drowned in powdered sugar also are a must.
What's not to like?
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
A Twinkle in the TreesCelebration in the Oaks starts the day after Thanksgiving on November 25, 2016, offering a perfect way to cap off your day of shopping.
Centuries-old oak trees get a holiday makeover thanks to thousands of sparkling lights, creating a magical spectacle for guests who walk under the glistening boughs.
Children will delight in themed trees (the Who Dat tree is a local favorite for Saints fans) and the kid-friendly light displays in Storyland.
For adults, head to the Botanical Garden for glittering lights that adorn the more than 2,000 varieties of plant life on the property.
Along the way, you’ll see charming walkways decorated by local schools.
Are your feet tired yet?
There’s also a two-mile train ride to take you through the exhibit.
Overall, the light display spans more than 25 acres, and our typically mild winters make the park an excellent spot for meandering and admiring (with a cup of hot cocoa, perhaps?) at your own pace.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Connected to the French Quarter via the ferry that crosses the Mississippi River and lands at the foot of Canal Street.
Great local music.
Ice cold cheap drinks.
Monday, November 28, 2016
The new “waterfront fair in the round” focusing on modern and contemporary works will be held in a spectacular waterfront fair venue in the heart of downtown Miami’s Arts, Museum and Entertainment District during America’s largest international fair week.
Just steps from world renowned restaurant dinning, five star hotels and luxury shopping the fair offers abundant parking and shuttle service.
Art Basel Miami Week (November 30, to December 4, 2016) is North America’s foremost art week for international and contemporary art.
Since 2002 it has infused Miami with energy and excitement as over 76,000 creatives art lovers, and collectors from six contents descend on this tropical city confirming its position as a world cultural capital.
Satellite art fairs spread from Miami’s sandy beaches, Midtown and now the new addition of Concept Fair in Downtown Miami’s vibrant Arts Museum & Entertainment District.
Art Basel Week has become the quintessential place for dealers to exhibit in what has become North America’s largest art fair event of the year.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
CASTRO'S PASSING OBSERVED IN LITTLE HAVANA
PEOPLE TOOK TO THE STREETS OF CALLE OCHO
VERSAILLES RESTAURANT WAS THE EPICENTER
ITS COFFEE WINDOW HAS LONG BEEN
LA CASA DEL EXILIO