Spanish Custom House, 1300 Moss St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA

Spanish Custom House exterior

The Spanish Custom House is one of the oldest buildings still standing in New Orleans today. Built in 1784, it is said to have been the theatre of many illegal activities and scandals throughout its long life. Moss Street Moss Street, located between the neighborhoods of Bayou St. John, Fairgrounds, and Mid-City, offers amazing views […]

Napoleon House, 500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Napoleon House Exterior

The Napoleon House is a wonderful historic building in the French Quarter of New Orleans. People also call it “Mayor Girod House” or “Nicolas Girod House”, after the mayor of New Orleans, who owned it in the early 1800s and planned to rescue Napoleon Bonaparte from his exile in Saint Helena. Chartres Street Located in […]

Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Rd, New Orleans, LA 70124

Longue Vue House and Gardens

This amazing estate, which boasts a Classical Revival-style mansion and 8 acres of Spanish-inspired gardens, is located in Mid-City and is classified as a National Historic Landmark. Built starting from 1939, it has 4 unique façades, each with its own garden. The Neighborhood Mid-City in New Orleans is a dynamic neighborhood characterized by a unique […]

Gardette-LePretre Mansion, 716 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70116

The Gardette-LePretre Mansion in an old picture.

At 188 years old, the Gardette-LePretre mansion is renowned as one of the most photographed in New Orleans. This could be because of the unique cast-iron filigree balconies it boasts on its upper levels or because of its horror-movie style story. Let’s explore the history of this historic mansion located in the French Quarter of […]

Simpson Dunlop House, 417 N Kenilworth Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302, USA

Simpson Dunlop house

Simpson Dunlop hired architect E.E. Roberts to design what’s known as “everyone’s favorite house” in Oak Park in 1896. Dunlop was a grandson of Oak Park founders Joseph and Betty Kettlestrings. A Chicago native, the owner of the Simpson Dunlop House passed away only 3 years later, in 1899, at only 42 years of age. […]

Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305, USA

Alice Austen House

The House of an Artist Art is the keyword for this ancient Dutch colonial house, whose original structures date back to the 1690s. Alice Austen, a renowned photographer, transformed the second-floor closet of her waterfront home into a darkroom, where she crafted over 7,000 images capturing the evolving landscape of New York City.  Embracing a […]

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, 941 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, located at the junction of Bourbon Street and St. Philip Street in New Orleans’ French Quarter, is a historic landmark dating back to the 1770s. It was erected during the Spanish colonial period and it is one of the oldest architectural structures in the city. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop: an Example of French […]

Hermann-Grima House/Museum, 820 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA

Hermann-Grima House room

First, a luxurious private residence, then a boarding house for single women, and finally a museum, this Federal-style mansion known as the Hermann-Grima House, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, encapsulates the essence of the 19th century. It’s no wonder that its meticulously restored features and charming courtyard garden attract large groups of tourists […]

Dumbarton Oaks, Georgetown

Dumbarton oaks, one of Washington DC's best places to visit with amazing gardens and art exhibitions, is pictured here with one of its red-brick buildings on a sunny, snowy day in winter.

In 1702, what is now Dumbarton Oaks was known as a piece of land called the Rock of Dumbarton, owned by a colonel. Acquired 100 years later by a new owner, a house was built, the surviving parts of which still stand and serve as the center of Dumbarton Oaks today. From then, the property […]

The Presbytère, 751 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

One of the historic homes in New Orleans, The Presbytère is pictured here on a blue-sky day.

The Presbytère, also known as The Presbytère houses, were originally funded by a Spanish philanthropist to resemble Louisiana’s Cabildo in 1791. The Cabildo was a Spanish Colonial building used by the local government and remains Louisiana’s most important historical building. While the Presbytère portrayed the same elegance as The Cabildo, the structure was built on […]

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