Last week we got to spend three days in the 'Deep South' of America, in New Orleans which resides in the state of Louisana. This city is not just famous for its Mardi Gras and 24-hour party vibes but also for the incredible European influenced architecture around certain areas of the city especially the French Quarter, the oldest part of the city to still retain buildings that date back to 1700s.
Much of the architecture reflects the multicultural heritage with the Creole cottages, the French and Spanish balconies and Southern-style mansions. What I particularly love is the abundance of colourful buildings, which is rare in American cities apart from the iconic sloping houses of San Francisco. What also really struck me was the mix of styles from Baroque, Greek revival, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco, to Renaissance Colonial, and Gothic architecture which you can see in the cemeteries, enough to creep you out as you wander around by yourself as we did!
Most of the French Quarter is not French but second generation Creole (Spanish and French style) or Greek revival architecture, after two massive fires in 1788 and 1794 destroyed many of the 'first generation' original French colonial buildings, these were replaced during the 1820s to 1840s with the iconic balcony buildings we see today.
The splendid St. Louis Cathedra has a striking Spanis influence to the exterior which overlooks Jackson Square but there are some surprising influences around the city with the Egyptian revival U.S. Custom House and post-modern architecture in the CBD area.
What really stands out for me is this amongst the eclectic mix of design styles which reflects the patchwork nature of the city which has survived wars and hurricanes, the people are the friendliest and the most passionate about food we've ever met. Some of the interior design that I simply loved can be found in the renovated warehouses and buildings of the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery and Meril restaurant.
We can't get enough of these great cities and those of you who follow Space Shack on Instagram will know we've also just returned from Amsterdam last weekend where we enjoyed a bit of furniture window shopping too.
Love Omar x